Archive | Dec 17, 2018

Certain Songs #1403: Otis Redding – “You Don’t Miss Your Water”

Album: Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
Year: 1965

Despite the plethora of all-time classic songs Otis Redding recorded for Otis Blue — “Respect,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “My Girl,” “Satisfaction,” — the one that he chose to actually end the album might actually be the greatest of them all.

Like “The Train From Kansas City,” I think that William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water” is an unruinable song: a perfect merger of lyric and melody that creates an unmistakable mood.