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.
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.
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