Wednesday, October 13, 2010

David Bowie: Space Oddity

Recorded: Trident Studios, London: June-September 1969
 Album Release: Space Oddity: Nov. 7, 1969.
Label: Philips (UK)
Mercury (U.S.)
This is considered one of Mr. Bowie's best-known songs. It is chiefly an acoustic number augmented by the eerie tones of the composer's stylophone, a pocket electronic organ. The song was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the epic science fiction book and film. The American Film Institute ranks the Kubrick film 15th on a list of 100 greatest films of all time, and greatest science-fiction film.

David Bowie also introduced the character of Major Tom, who symbolizes to some extent Mr. Bowie's sentiments. In Space Oddity, Major Tom is leaving the world of consumerism.

Space Oddity
By David Bowie

Ground control to major Tom
Ground control to major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
(Ten) Ground control (Nine) to major Tom (Eight)
(Seven, six) Commencing countdown (Five), engines on (Four)
(Three, two) Check ignition (One) and may gods (Blastoff) love 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
Here am I floatin' 'round my tin can far above the world
Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do

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 circuits 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 sitting in my tin can far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do"

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