Space Oddity

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In November 1970, a month after signing a five-year publishing deal with Chrys­alis Music, 23 year old David Bowie wrote the following letter to Bob Grace, the man who signed him, and filled him in on his life so far.

(Source: Letters of Note)

(TRANSCRIPT)

November 17th, 1970
Haddon Hall

Mr. Bob Grace
Chrysalis Music Ltd
388/396 Oxford Street
London W1

Dear Bob

I was born in Brixton and went to some Schools thereabout and studied Art. Then I went into an Advertising Agency which I didn’t like very much. Then I left and joined some Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands playing Saxophone and I sang some which nobody liked very much.

As I was already a Beatnik, I had to be a Hippie and I was very heavy and wrote a lot of songs on some beaches and some people liked them. Then I recorded ‘Space Oddity’ and made some money and spent it which everybody liked.

Now I am 24 and I am married and I am not at all heavy and I’m still writing and my wife is pregnant which I like very much.

(Signed)

LOVE DAVID

Space Oddity
  • Space Oddity
  • David Bowie
  • Best of Bowie
Play

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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THROWBACK TO WHEN DAVID BOWIE GAVE ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD PERMISSION TO COVER “SPACE ODDITY” FROM ACTUAL SPACE

And called it “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created.” 

SPACE DOGGITY
  • SPACE DOGGITY
  • DM DOKURO (Orig. by David Bowie)
  • nooo
Play

Going where no dog has gone before.


LYRICS~!

Ground control to Lesser Dog.
Ground control to Lesser Dog.
Take your sword and shield and put your armor on.
Ground control to Lesser Dog.
There’s too much petting,
Neck’s too long.
Keep extending
And may god’s love be with you

THIS IS GROUND CONTROL TO LESSER DOG
YOU’VE REALLY MADE THE GRADE
AND THE HUMAN WANTS TO KNOW
JUST HOW YOU’LL LAND
IT’S AMAZING HOW YOUR BODY EVEN STANDS

THIS IS LESSER DOG TO GROUND CONTROL
I’M CLIPPING THROUGH THE FLOOR
AND MY TAIL WAGS IN THE MOST PECULIAR WAY
AND YOUR DESKTOP’S LOOKING DIFFERENT TODAY

FOR HERE AM I
BATTLING A HUMAN
FAR BELOW THE SCREEN
PETTING’S ALL HE’LL DO
AND HIS SPARING WON’T GO THROUGH