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Space Oddity Lyrics Meanings
by David Bowie

Rock
2002
846

Space Oddity 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 (ten, nine, eight, seven, six)
Commencing countdown, engines on (five, four, three)
Check ignition and may God's love be with you (two, one, liftoff)

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"

Writer(s): David Bowie
Copyright(s): Lyrics © T.R.O. INC.
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Now if one is to look into the lyrics from a literal narrative, it is clearly about an astronaut who has the misfortune of being on a fatal mission. The spacecraft he is inhabiting has failed, he will not make it back to Earth, his mission is a failure and he will perish in space, never to hold his loved ones again, never able to say his final farewells to his loving family and friends.

Perhaps the astronaut story is but a metaphor for someone who feels alienated, who can't quite fit into the crowd like everyone else, and is finding trouble assimilating comfortably into society. There are various emotions on display throughout the song, from regret, to fear, to sorrow, to selflessness.

This could mean either the literal interpretation, that the spacecraft has gone dead and is now floating about aimlessly, or the esoteric example, his mind is swimming and he is indecisive, swinging through the motions in a society he can't seem to fit into.

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