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Space Oddity

David Bowie

1969

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Space Oddity

David Bowie

Released: 04/11/1969

Genre: Rock

℗ 1999 Digital Remaster (P) 1999 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd



  • 5:16
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    Space Oddity

  • 6:12
    Explicit Lyrics

    Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed

  • 43
    Explicit Lyrics

    Don't Sit Down

  • 2:36
    Explicit Lyrics

    Letter to Hermione

  • 9:36
    Explicit Lyrics

    Cygnet Committee

  • 3:25
    Explicit Lyrics

    Janine

  • 3:01
    Explicit Lyrics

    An Occasional Dream

  • 4:51
    Explicit Lyrics

    Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud

  • 3:21
    Explicit Lyrics

    God Knows I'm Good

  • 7:09
    Explicit Lyrics

    Memory of a Free Festival

10 songs, 46:10 total time, 103.95 MB

Song lyrics

[Instrumental intro]

[Verse 1]
Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills...

Space Oddity

David Bowie


[Instrumental intro]

[Verse 1]
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

[Instrumental Bridge]

[Verse 2]
This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirt 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

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

[Verse 3]
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-

[Chorus]
-Here am I floating 'round my tin can
Far above the moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

[Instrumental outro]
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"Space Oddity" Track Info



‘Major Tom' is a fictional character created by David Bowie for this song in 1969. That same year marked the first moon landing, so space was “in”; this was a year after Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, co-written with Arthur C. Clarke.

The song is a “lost in space” story, which generated later more songs and sequels about the character by David Bowie (“Ashes to Ashes” and “Hallo Spaceboy”) and even other artists (Peter Schilling's 1983 “Major Tom (coming home)”, and possibly Elton John's “Rocket Man”. The last one is also produced by Gus Dudgeon, who filled in for Bowie's usual collaborator Tony Visconti once he refused to work in “Space Oddity” feeling it was a novelty song, a publicity stunt to cash in to the Apollo missions (“this is not ‘Space Oddity', it's Ernie The Milkman”).

Many believe that the song describes a drug (heroin) trip, from “lift-off” to “floating” to being “still” with “circuit's dead” ending in “nothing I can do”.