Song of the Day #2,864: ‘Space Oddity’ – David Bowie

david_bowie_space_oddityDavid Bowie’s second album was, like his debut, titled David Bowie.

Released in 1969, it is most notable for the inclusion of ‘Space Oddity,’ a song that would become a theme of sorts for Bowie. The record was re-released three years later under the title Space Oddity to capitalize on the song’s success.

The title of this song is a play on 2001: A Space Odyssey, the classic Stanley Kubrick film released a year earlier. ‘Space Oddity’ came out ten days before Apollo 11’s manned moon mission.

Bowie would return to the doomed Major Tom character throughout his career, including (presumably) in a video for ‘Blackstar,’ the lead single from his final album.

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills
And put your helmet on

(10) Ground Control (9) to Major Tom (8)
(7, 6) Commencing (5) countdown
Engines on (4, 3, 2)
Check ignition (1)
And may God’s love (Liftoff) be with you

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

[Guitar Solo]

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
She knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you….

Here am I floating ’round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,864: ‘Space Oddity’ – David Bowie

  1. Dana says:

    I didn’t think music videos were being made this early.

    Anyway, such a great, classic song. Bowie at his finest.

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