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These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding

February 22, 2022

Today’s song of the day is an American soul song, “These Arms Of Mine,” by Otis Redding.

Fun Facts:

  • These Arms Of Mine” was written by Otis Redding and included on his debut album, Pain in My Heart, released in March 1964.
  • At the time, the song was Redding’s most successful single to date and sold approximately 800,000 copies.
  • Prior to the release of his first album, Redding participated in a series of performances both independently and as a member of a local band.
  • At one such performance, he performed “These Arms Of Mine” to an audience that included Jim Stewart, the co-founder and record producer of Stax Records. Stewart was so impressed with both the song and Redding’s performance that he offered him a Stax record contract. Redding graciously accepted.
  • “These Arms Of Mine” was the singer’s first single released with Stax Records. Its B-side track was “Hey Hey Baby.”
  • Redding discovered his passion for music early on. He started singing at his family’s church at a very young age and soon began learning guitar and piano. When he was around ten years old, he additionally began taking drumming lessons and formal singing lessons.
  • Otis Redding’s talent and musical contributions earned him numerous accolades, including two Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.



These arms of mine, they are lonely

Lonely and feeling blue

These arms of mine, they are yearning

Yearning from wanting you

And if you would let them hold you

Oh, how grateful I will be

These arms of mine, they are burning

Burning from wanting you

These arms of mine, they are wanting

Wanting to hold you

And if you would let them hold you

Oh how grateful I will be

Come on, come on baby

Just be my little woman

Just be my lover, oh

I need me somebody, somebody to treat me right, oh

I need your arms, loving arms to hold me tight

And I, I, I need your, I need your tender lips, to hold me

Together when I’m right with you