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Posted: 12/16/2003 5:54:38 PM EDT
It wouls seem to be. All this time I reallt thought it was about an astronaut.

In Bowies song Ashes to Ahses Major Tom is drugs.

Here take a look:

Ashes To Ashes


Do you remember a guy that's been
In such an early song?
I've heard a rumour from Ground Control
Oh, no, don't say it's true

They got a message from the Action Man
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too"
I've loved all I've needed love
Sordid details following

The shrieking of nothing is killing, just
Pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and
I ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
But I'm hoping to kick, but the planet is glowing

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

Time and again, I tell myself
I'll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels keep following me
Oh, no, not again

I'm stuck with a valuable friend
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too"
One flash of light
But no smoking pistol

I never done good things
I never done bad things
I never did anything out of the blue
Whoa, ooo, whoa

Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

My mama said to get things done
You'd better not mess with Major Tom

Link Posted: 12/16/2003 5:58:52 PM EDT
i want to know what that song "the man who sold the world" is about
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 6:00:50 PM EDT
Next you can decipher Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 6:01:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 8:44:24 PM EDT
M 4: The song above is "Ashes to Ashes." Thanks for reminding me to d*ownload it!
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 8:54:13 PM EDT
... Maybe I just didn't understand "things" then, but I thought just about any rock-n-roll album cut in that genre was talking about drugs.
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 9:01:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/16/2003 9:02:06 PM EDT by M4_Aiming_at_U]
Originally Posted By BatMasterson: M 4: The song above is "Ashes to Ashes." Thanks for reminding me to d*ownload it!
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Yeah, I said it was Ashes to Ashes right? I dont understand what you mean.
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 9:06:25 PM EDT
In my opinion, Major Tom was a mirror image Bowie invented of himself just like Ziggy Stardust. Schillings song is just basically retelling Space Oddity.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 2:03:52 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SteyrAUG: So what is Peter Schillings "Major Tom" about?
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Damnit! Know I've got it stuck in my head! Earth below us Drifting,falling Floating weght... Damnit!
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 10:09:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By QCMGR: Next you can decipher Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.
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Thats actually not about drugs. I forget which Beatle it was but his daughter cam in with a picture she drew. The picture had some lady with shiny things in the air, so the father asked his daughter what it was. She said, "daddy, its Lucy in the sky with diamonds" So which ever Beatle it was wrote that song. True story.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 12:18:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By M4_Aiming_at_U:
Originally Posted By QCMGR: Next you can decipher Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.
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Thats actually not about drugs. I forget which Beatle it was but his daughter cam in with a picture she drew. The picture had some lady with shiny things in the air, so the father asked his daughter what it was. She said, "daddy, its Lucy in the sky with diamonds" So which ever Beatle it was wrote that song. True story.
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I think you've been fooled by a cover story.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 12:28:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By M4_Aiming_at_U:
Originally Posted By QCMGR: Next you can decipher Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.
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Thats actually not about drugs. I forget which Beatle it was but his daughter cam in with a picture she drew. The picture had some lady with shiny things in the air, so the father asked his daughter what it was. She said, "daddy, its Lucy in the sky with diamonds"
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A likely story. [rolleyes]
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 12:32:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Donith: Damnit! Know I've got it stuck in my head! Earth below us Drifting,falling Floating weght... Damnit!
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Well, actually... Gründlich durchgecheckt steht sie da und wartet auf den Start, alles klar. Experten streiten sich um ein paar Daten, die Crew hat dann noch ein paar Fragen, doch der Countdown läuft. Effektivität bestimmt das Handeln. Man verläßt sich blind auf den ander'n, jeder weiß genau was von ihm abhängt. Jeder ist im Streß, doch Major Tom macht einen Scherz, dann geht es ab! Völlig losgelöst von der Erde schwebt das Raumschiff völlig schwerelos. Die Erdanziehungskraft ist überwunden, alles läuft perfekt schon seit Stunden. Wissenschaftliche Experimente, doch was nützen die am Ende, denkt sich Major Tom. Im Kontrollzentrum da wird man panisch, der Kurs der Kapsel, der stimmt ja gar nicht. Hallo Major Tom, können Sie hören, woll'n Sie das Projekt denn so zerstören, doch er kann nichts hör'n. Völlig losgelöst von der Erde schwebt das Raumschiff völlig schwerelos. Die Erde schimmert blau. Sein letzter Funk: Grüßt mir meine Frau, und er verstummt. Unten trauern noch die Egoisten. Major Tom denkt sich, wenn die wüßten. Mich führt hier ein Licht durch das All, das kennt ihr noch nicht, ich komme bald, mir wird kalt. Völlig losgelöst von der Erde schwebt das Raumschiff in scheinbare Leere.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 12:40:14 PM EDT
Bowie was actually a fan of US astronaut Major Tom Stafford. That's who the original song referred to. Stafford even had a brief appearance in the mid 70's B sci-fi movie, "The Man Who Fell To Earth". Bowie played the lead character, who is named Thomas.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 12:47:58 PM EDT
I was gonna ask what "Lucy in the Sky with Major Tom" was about, but I think I've figured that one out. [;D]
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 2:44:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By talbalos: Bowie was actually a fan of US astronaut Major Tom Stafford. That's who the original song referred to. Stafford even had a brief appearance in the mid 70's B sci-fi movie, "The Man Who Fell To Earth". Bowie played the lead character, who is named Thomas.
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Yea...right. Was there an actual Major Tom? Not that the history books show. Though there were two Apollo astronauts named Tom, neither were Majors and both returned home safely (Thomas P. Stafford was on Apollo 10 and Thomas K. Mattingly served aboard Apollo 16). Bowie's creation of Major Tom was certainly influenced by Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey." Bowie is said to have written his song shortly after seeing the movie. "Space Oddity" obviously is a pun on "Space Odyssey." The bottom line: given Bowie's penchant for creating characters for and about himself (Ziggy Stardust among others) plus his well-known battle with drugs, most Bowie experts agree that Major Tom is an allegorically autobiographical character. [url]http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mmajorto.html[/url]
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