Major Tom Lyrics - David Bowie

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Ground Control to Major Tom
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 God’s love be with you

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, 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 hear....

“am I floating round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do.

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Major Tom / Walter Mitty | Reviewer: Mimma | 2/9/14

Took a while to get into the Walter Mitty film, but now it is one of my all time favorites. Helped by hearing my all time favorite song by David Bowie - Major Tom. What more could I ask for?

Instant love !!! | Reviewer: PJ supergirl | 1/21/14

I saw the mouvie Walter Mitty and as this song played it was instand love !! To my shame i have to say, i did not know about this David Bowie Song. iam a 70 ties child, but hey, everyday more good Songs to find :))

Walter Mitty | Reviewer: MyEyesAreBlur | 1/17/14

Ground control to Major Tom, in this song sound sad but in the movie sure it sounds mean... I'm glad Ben Stiller made the movie
it was all worth it -life inspiring. .. n this song is truly shows courage we all need.

After the film | Reviewer: Basia | 1/17/14

In Poland it was the first week they are showing "The Secret life..." Music is still in my ears and pictures in my mind. I have been in my work for 16 years- maybe it is the time to go to Afganistan.

Major Tom | Reviewer: Bebop | 1/10/14

I just saw the movie "Secret Life of Walter Mitty". The mean characters compare him to Major Tom, calling him a ditz even though both Major Tom and Walter Mitty were courageous... I just wanted to see the lyrics.

Just Now Learning of this Great Song!! | Reviewer: William Watson | 1/8/14

I was born in 1972, and I mostly grew up listening to many soul artist, disco, funk, etc., and I never really ventured into Rock and Roll music and artist such as David Bowie. Well...I just finished seeing:
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (starring Ben Stiller)....And this song:
'Space Oddity'/'Major Tom' was played in one of the scenes. I fell in love with it instantly!! and downloaded it to my music collection immediately!!!! ;-) I must leave my "safety zone"of R&B/Soul more often!!...I catch a good one every now and then from some Hip hop samples( sorry to say)....but i will do more exploration in 2014....!! :-)
"THIS IS Major Will to Ground Control.." :-)

Apollo moon pics and stars? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/7/14

Why no stars in the Apollo Moon Landing photos? It's because of contrast, range of field, and resolution, or lack thereof. Those of us who remember trying to master photography with plastic film and a 35mm lens know what it's like, focusing close, losing the distance, or focusing on the horizon and losing focus of near objects. The contrast is tremendous between the bright white space suits, the glare of the sun on moon-soil, and the subtle points of light of stars. No matter how bright, the contrast drowned them out. And lastly resolution. In the 1960's and '70's even the best 35mm film had limited resolution. Look at those old photos again. Try to see individual grains of moon-soil. The soil looks fuzzy because the limited resolution of the film could not "resolve" or make visual something that small. The stars had an apparent size of a grain of sand. Again, no matter how bright the stars were, their apparent diameter (size) was too small for a 35mm lens to bring them to resolution while focusing on those beautiful images of photographer-in-the-face-guard reflections!

Also, also... If they (The Man) had WANTED to fool us... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/7/14

If the moon landing had not been real, and someone had wanted to TRICK us into believing, they would have PUT stars in the photos. The fact there are no stars speaks to the reality of resolution, contrast, and field of range. Stars would have been a dead give away to fraud! Would the non-believers be happier if, in the background we could see the Gemini twins drinking from the Big Dipper, or Leo biting the head off Orion?

I don't agree with Tamara Jones | Reviewer: Zimonn | 7/9/13

...the end of Space Oddity is not sad at all. Simply he is floating. You make effort in your life to give it a direction but then things happen that scramble your plans. And sometimes you are happy they happened.

This just happened to me this saturday. I met a girl and things happened... I never wanted that to meet anybody, and then I didn't want her to go. But I could not control any of these two events. I am just floating. And you know what? I am happy: once in my life I cannot control the situation, I am just float.

Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare! | Reviewer: Amanda | 6/25/13

Bowie Stardust used to be a genius. His lyrics used to tell us beautiful stories. Space Oddity is a classic. But now... Can you hear me, Major Tom? I've born on the 80's but I miss the 60's and early 70's.


The 10-20-12 comment by Kevin wrongly said, "the reason why you never see hardly any stars in those moon photos is because the moon lacks ... an atmosphere. The reason that we can see ... stars from Earth as well as make out features of the moon with the naked eye is the fact that Earth's atmosphere acts like the lens of a telescope, therefore magnifying things. This does not happen on the Moon, so hardly any stars can be seen from the moon." X No, no, the stars in space can be seen by the astronauts in space as well as the 12 men who walked on the moon. But if its night and you walk into your front yard and have your photo taken, you cannot see stars in the background. It doesn't matter that we have an atmosphere! The camera exposes for the normal thing you photograph, the person close up who is lit, at night, by artificial lights. In order to get a picture of the stars you have to expose for that much dimmer and spread out subject. The astronauts can see the stars when they are in space just fine! Yes, the stars are more like unchanging pinpoints of light when you're viewing them from space, because our atmosphere makes them twinkle and seem slightly larger.

Song Inspiration? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/10/13

In 1967 (2 years BEFORE David Bowie's Major Tom song) Apollo 1's space capsule caught on fire before it could go up into space and 3 astronauts died in the fire. The song could be about that.

Or it could be about this one that happened the same year as the Apollo 1 fire:

April 23–24, Soyuz 1: Vladimir M. Komarov was killed when his craft crashed after its parachute lines, released at 23,000 ft for reentry, became snarled.

Moon Landing | Reviewer: Kevin | 10/20/12

It's amazing with the technology that we have that there are still people out there who still believe that the earth is flat and that we never went to the moon. The reason why you never see hardly any stars in those moon photos is because the moon lacks one very important atmosphere. The reason that we can see alll of those stars from earth as well as make out features of the moon with the naked eye is the fact that the earths atmosphere acts like the lens of a telescope, therefore magnifying things. This does not happen on the moon so hence hardly any stars can be seen from the moon. Keep in mind the distances those stars are from the moon. Secondly with the high powered telescopes we have on earth you can actually see the lower stage of all the lunar excursion modules as well as the foot prints and tracks left by the astronauts and the moon rovers. That is impossible to fake with a real time telescope.

If you still aren't convinced then please Google the Myth Busters TV show episode concerning the moon landing.

AS for this song it has always been one of my favorites. Not for the meaning of the song but for the music and lyrics.

A drug trip | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/5/12

Its a first person account of a drug trip. Major Tom's a junkie... He's saying goodbye to planet earth before the drugs take over.... Then he's gone beyond human reach, and might as well be in space...

Moon landing never happened | Reviewer: nomoonlanding | 5/18/12

Maybe want to review stanley kubrick and the truth about the moonlanding.... never happened. Thus we never went back, thus no stars can be seen in the pictures, thus when confronted with these facts the so called astromauts became violent and got angry with weak denials..... internet is there for a reason.... research TRUTH!

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