David Bowie: Space Oddity Meaning
Space Oddity Lyrics
Ground control to major tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground control to major tom
Commencing countdown, engines on
Check ignition and may gods love be with you
Ten, nine, eight, seven,...
anonymous May 12th, 17:51 report
I think it's about Apollo 13, The ' tin can' repesenting the lunar module they had to use to get home and the pills repsent the asprin one of the astronauts took ( in the film ), If you don't know what happened on Appllo 13 watch the film and the song fits right in with it. ' the circuits dead, there is something wrong ' repesents when the explosion happend and the Oxygen tanks leaked. When the lyrics ' Can tou hear meMajor Tom ' are repeated after this repesnt either when they take there heart rate trackers off or when the communication went off for 4 minutes when re-entering the earths atmosphere. - Chloe Allen
anonymous Jan 20th 2012, 11:40 report
I think the song might be a metaphor for success. After all Major Tom is doing something thats very respected and rare by going into space and everyone is swept up in his accomplishments, thats why newspapers want to know irrelevent things about him like what shirts he wears. When he asks ground control to tell hius wife he loves her it just means that he accepts that he risks failure in order to try to do something great. It also might mean that people spend too much of their time worrying about being successful when he says "here and Im sitting on my tin can... and theres nothing I can do" meaning he has accomplished something that only a handful of humans have with space travel but the world will still carry on without him. I just think this is such a powerful metaphor, actually staring at the world beneath you and not being able to do anything about it
anonymous Aug 6th 2011, 09:32 report
In a 2003 interview with Performing Songwriter magazine, Bowie explained: "In England, it was always presumed that it was written about the space landing, because it kind of came to prominence around the same time. But it actually wasn't. It was written because of going to see the film 2001, which I found amazing. I was out of my gourd anyway, I was very stoned when I went to see it, several times, and it was really a revelation to me. It got the song flowing."
In 1980, Bowie released a follow-up to this called "Ashes To Ashes," where Major Tom once again makes contact with Earth. He says he is happy in space, but Ground Control comes to the conclusion that he is a junkie.
anonymous Jul 24th 2011, 20:57 report
This couldn't be plainer. It's about an astronaut Major Tom. He gets launched into space revolves around the earth and his capsule loses its place in Earth's gravity. It shoots off into the vastness of space and they lose contact with him. Basically he dies. No drugs rtards
anonymous Apr 23rd 2011, 20:58 report
I think that this song is about exactly what it means. Some guy named Major Tom goes into space and dies.
anonymous Mar 22nd 2011, 05:53 report
I believe the song has nothing to do with either space or taking drugs, too many metaphorical meanings are in place. i believe the persona created in the song has had to conform to society doing everything told, then when he succeeds based on societies expectations the media has no care of his achievements other that the hope to get their branding on him. society mockingly comments on deviating saying leave the capsule 'if you dare'. this is met with a rebellious reply with a romanticized depiction of the freedom with which he has been granted upon making the choice to do so. unfortunately this choice leads to his demise as he is separated from earth and makes a request to his wife. in this he has realisations of his inability to evoke change saying the earth is blue and there is nothing i can do, or to change his destiny as his spaceship knows which way to go
anonymous Jun 7th 2009, 16:08 report
It's written in response to a movie that came out called, "Space Oddessy" (I hope I spelled oddessy right) lol And it's about someone etting lost in space, drugs or not, the drugs later mmentioned, in Ashes to Ashes is actually mre of a reference to his own drug induced parinoia, hence his move to Berlin. . . to write, "heroes", lodger, and Low. The most influentioal albums of that time. You can thank a 10 page essay I had to do on him in English. . . it was crazy. I thought it was a good idea, my brain lied about 6 ways into the paper. . . I thought, geez there's too much to condense to 10 pages, but that's what every book and int. site gave me, so I give it to you all...
anonymous Aug 19th 2008, 09:16 report
LOLLERSKATES. I think some of you are cosmonauts! It's about heroin, friends. Hello? Bowie did a sequel...
"Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
WE KNOW MAJOR TOM'S A JUNKIE,
Strung out in heavens high
Hitting an all-time low..."
The space program. OMG.
This song is a fictional about an astronaut(Major Tom) who is leaving into space. as he is in space he takes some drugs and does a space walk right abouve the earth and as he sees it, he is thinking so deeply he starts drifting away without even noticing. as he drifts away he finally realizes he is going to die and tells ground control to tell his wife that he loves her. groung control loses contact with him and he drifts away.
in the song ashes to ashes though, ground control gets back in contact with major tom but they had given up looking for him. He tells them he has made many friends and that he is having fun(he is going insane), but ground control decide that he is a junkie and they leave him stranded to figure things out for himself.
anonymous Dec 5th 2007, 15:30 report
This song was written years before it was a hit. Everyone was writing songs about spacemen. Rocket Man etc.. A lot of people think this song is about drug use but I disagree.
anonymous Nov 5th 2007, 01:48 report
This is actually a song about someone getting high on drugs and then overdosing. At first he's feeling good, "floating." But then they loose him because he overdoses; which is why they are saying "Can you hear me Major Tom, Can you hear me Major Tom?" This could be his friends or paramedics.
anonymous Oct 18th 2007, 21:55 report
This is a song about Major Tom. Who, in the future, goes on a rocket to space and, while on a space walk,is cut loose from the ship and floats away into space and dies.
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