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But despite the efforts to piggyback on NASA’s moment of glory, it got little play in the States. You will receive a verification email shortly. Did you see an error? That space song, Major Tom…’ blah blah blah, ‘That’ll be great.’ Nobody had the heart to tell the producer: ‘Um… but he gets stranded in space, sir.’”, “I don’t think it was like anything anybody had done before, and that’s why the record is still a classic.”. I also thought with all the activity from NASA with astronauts orbiting the Earth and maybe going to the Moon, this was an attempt to cash in. Bowie wrote this after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was stunning. And although there were a few commercial bumps in the years following, it was kind of a scouting mission for the worldwide fame that would come in 1972 with the extraterrestrial Ziggy Stardust. With the song’s neatly designed, rocket-like structure in place – it had seven distinct sections, as opposed to the three or four of most hits – Bowie recorded a demo in late 1968 for the short promotional film Love You Till Tuesday. Legacy Watch Mick Jagger play a dodgy art dealer in new thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy, Jimmy Page launches affordable ‘Open Edition’ of The Anthology, Elton John’s trippy 1968 Beatles rip-off makes us want a full psych-rock album from the Rocket Man, David Crosby’s classy response to Eddie Van Halen’s death? It was reissued in 1972 by RCA Records as Space Oddity (the title of the opening track, which had reached No. View official tab. And that’s where he remains, an icon of rock music, and a glittering star in the firmament of Bowie’s legacy. Ground control to Major TomYour circuit's dead, there's something wrongCan you hear me, Major Tom?Can you hear me, Major Tom?Can you hear me, Major Tom?Can you? Difficulty: intermediate. While Bowie has never commented on the origin of his astronaut’s name, there is one intriguing theory. In 1979 Bowie recorded a stark version of it for BBC TV’s The Kenny Everett Show and performed it inside a padded cell. More significant was the downward spiral of Bowie’s relationship with his actress girlfriend Hermione Farthingale. Ground control to Major TomGround control to Major TomTake your protein pills and put your helmet on, Ground control to Major Tom (ten, nine, eight, seven)Commencing countdown, engines on (six, five, four, three)Check ignition, and may God's love be with you (two, one, lift off), This is ground control to Major TomYou've really made the gradeAnd the papers want to know whose shirts you wearNow it's time to leave the capsule if you dare, This is Major Tom to ground controlI'm stepping through the doorAnd I'm floating in the most peculiar wayAnd the stars look very different today, For here am I sitting in a tin canFar above the worldPlanet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do, Though I'm past one hundred thousand milesI'm feeling very stillAnd I think my spaceship knows which way to goTell my wife I love her very much, she knows. I was still certain it would be a one-off hit, but what the hell, if it puts David on the map it is worth it. Tuning: E A D G B E. Key: C. Author Unregistered. And that’s where I left him.”. He was willing to drop the song except his manager played it to the label bosses and they loved it. I was an idealistic American hippy, I used to take a lot of acid and this song just rubbed me the wrong way. In the end he gave me his card, scrawled a number on the back, which ended up being his mother’s home number. Here am I floating 'round my tin canFar above the MoonPlanet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do, Music begins with lyrics © 2003 - 2020, 2.9 millions of lyrics Made with love in Belo Horizonte - Brazil. 3,574,400 views, added to favorites 43,385 times. Lyrics to 'Space Oddity' by David Bowie: Ground Control to Major Tom Ground Control to Major Tom Take your protein pills and put your helmet on Ground Control to Major Tom (Ten, nine, eight, seven, six) In the studio. It was rush-released on July 11, nine days ahead of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Into the breach leapt Visconti’s young engineer Gus Dudgeon. Written by: David Bowie The song and its b-side, ‘Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud’, were instead produced by Gus Dudgeon, a Decca engineer who had worked on Bowie’s three Deram singles. David Bowie, a genus of culture. Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74) We have an official Space Oddity tab made by UG professional guitarists. All rights reserved. The story behind the song: Space Oddity by David Bowie. ‘Space Oddity’ introduced to listeners the character Major Tom, who recurred in ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘Hallo Spaceboy’, and the video for ‘Blackstar’. All images © their respective owners.

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