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"Space Oddity" is a 1969 song by English musician David Bowie. It was released as a single on 11 July 1969 from his second album David Bowie, and has since gone on to become one of Bowie's most well-known songs. The song also features the first appearance of Bowie's character Major Tom, whom he would revisit in the subsequent songs "Ashes to Ashes", "Hallo Spaceboy", "New Killer Star", and "Blackstar".

The B-side for "Space Oddity" was "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud".

Lyrics

"Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
"Ground Control to Major Tom (10, 9, 8, 7, 6)
Commencing countdown, engines on (5, 4, 3, 2)
Check ignition and may God's love be with you (1, lift off)
"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
"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"

Development

To be added.

Personnel

  • David Bowie — Vocals, acoustic guitar, Stylophone
  • Mick Wayne — Lead guitar
  • Herbie Flowers — Bass guitar
  • Terry Cox — Drums
  • Paul Buckmaster — String arrangement
  • Tony Visconti — Flutes, woodwinds
  • Rick Wakeman — Mellotron

In popular culture

"Space Oddity" is one of David Bowie's most well-known songs. It has been used in multiple films and television series.

"Space Oddity" was featured in the films The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Wonderstruck (2017), and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).

"Space Oddity" was featured in multiple episodes of the television series Friends and Mad Men, as well as individual episodes of the TV series Supernatural.

"Space Oddity" was featured in the video games Alan Wake and Rock Band 3, as well as being a downloadable track for the video games Rocksmith and Rocksmith 2014.

The 1983 song "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by German musician Peter Schilling is a retelling of the song.

The maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster, launched on 6 February 2018, with a mannequin named "Starman" sitting in the driver's seat. Playing on the car's sound system are "Space Oddity" and "Starman".

Cover versions

In 2013, "Space Oddity" was covered, with altered lyrics, by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, notable for being the first music video shot in space.

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David Bowie (1969) (ve)
"Space Oddity" • "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed" • "Don't Sit Down" (hidden track) • "Letter to Hermione" • "Cygnet Committee" • "Janine" • "An Occasional Dream" • "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" • "God Knows I'm Good" • "Memory of a Free Festival"

1990 reissue bonus tracks: "Conversation Piece" • "Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1)" • "Memory of a Free Festival (Part 2)"

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (ve)
"It's No Game (Part 1)" • "Up the Hill Backwards" • "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" • "Ashes to Ashes" • "Fashion" • "Teenage Wildlife" • "Scream Like a Baby" • "Kingdom Come" • "Because You're Young" • "It's No Game (Part 2)"

1992 reissue bonus tracks: "Space Oddity" • "Panic in Detroit" • "Crystal Japan" • "Alabama Song"