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Poetry Corner: Space Oddity

On this day 15th of July 1965 “Mariner IV” sends back 1st pictures of Mars.

Mars NASA

Mars: NASA


Space Oddity

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)
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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”
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Songwriters: David Bowie
Space Oddity lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    • It’s in my set list. I sometimes just do it on acoustic guitar. But I’ve done a great backing track that’s so close to the original. It’s great to sing.

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  1. And when/where do we get to hear this, Eamonn? I know, I nag, and sometimes, it works!
    A young man sang this, with acoustic accompaniment, at a Royal Music Night, one evening, not long after Mr Bowie had died. He did it very well, and I was sitting there, in tears.

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