Space oddity: lyrics exercise and story

“Space Oddity” is a song written and performed by David Bowie and released as a music single in July 1969.the  title, which alludes to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

The song exists in two different 1969 versions. The original and shorter version of the song (3:48) was used in the promotional film Love You Till Tuesday. The longer re-recorded version of the song (5:18) was included as the opening song for the 1969 album David Bowie.

http://lyricstraining.com/play/david-bowie/space-oddity/HvrcQjK2av#b7w

MEANING 

The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States’ Apollo 11 mission would launch 5 days later, and would become the first manned moon landing another 5 days later.The lyrics have also been seen to criticize the British space programme, which had only launched rockets at that time and has never attempted a moon landing.

Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs “Ashes to Ashes“, “Hallo Spaceboy” and “Backstair“.

In 2013, the song gained renewed popularity after it was covered by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who performed the song while aboard the International Space Station, and therefore became the first music video shot in space.

I bet you have watched it in youtube or on tv more than once. I hope you enjoyed it!

 

In January 2016, the song gained new popularity following the death of David Bowie, ranking as third on iTunes on January 12, 2016.

LYRICS: try to fill the gaps and then sing along

http://lyricstraining.com/print?id=HvrcQjK2av

Bowie’s obituary: video, transcript and lesson plan

OBITUARY

TRANSCRIPT
David Bowie has died from cancer at the age of 69. The influential singer-songwriter and producer was famous for his music, style, and contribution to the world of music. Known for his eccentric and ever-changing sense of style, his over-40-year career spanned glam rockart rock, soul, hard rock, dance, pop, punk and electronica. He had just released his twenty-fifth album, Blackstar, on January 8th, which was his birthday. The singer’s publicist confirmed the news on his Facebook page, saying David Bowie died peacefully today, surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. Stars and influential figures have paid tribute to a man considered by many one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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LESSON PLANS ON DAVID BOWIE

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1301/130114-david_bowie.html

Mandela, the hero, dies at 95

Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country’s first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday night. He was 95.

http://www.npr.org/2013/12/05/136590582/nelson-mandela-inspiration-to-world-dies-at-95?

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