"Major Tom" as written by and Pierre Schilling....
Standing there alone, the ship is waiting
All systems are go, are you sure?
Control is not convinced but the computer has the evidence
No need to abort, the countdown starts

Watching in a trance, the crew is certain
Nothing left to chance, all is working
Trying to relax up in the capsule, send me up a drink
Jokes Major Tom, the count goes on

Four, three, two, one
Earth below us drifting, falling
Floating weightless, calling, calling home

Second stage is cut, we're now in orbit
Stabilizers up, running perfect
Starting to collect requested data
What will it affect when all is done thinks Major Tom

Back at ground control there is a problem
Go to rockets full, not responding
Hello Major Tom, are you receiving? Turn the thrusters on
We're standing by, there's no reply

Four, three, two, one
Earth below us drifting, falling
Floating weightless, calling, calling home

Across the stratosphere a final message
Give my wife my love then nothing more

Far beneath the ship the world is mourning
They don't realize he's alive
No one understands but Major Tom sees
Now the light commands
This is my home, I'm coming home

Earth below us drifting, falling
Floating weightless, calling home
Earth below us, drifting, falling
Floating weightless calling home

Earth below us, drifting, falling
Floating weightless, calling, calling home
Home, home, home, home, home

Lyrics submitted by missieveeskull

"Major Tom" as written by Pierre Schilling David Lodge

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    General CommentAfter my 12th repeat I decided to look the lyrics up. I must say I was blown away.

    Major Tom seems to be trying to find his place in life, and he is willing to abandon his way of life to do so. He wasn't completely honest with those around him, but he was selfish, he wanted to find his purpose. The setting of space symbolizes how lonely this mission is, finding his place.

    I think this is relates to everyone. The younger generation is still searching for their purpose, figuring out what they want to do with their life. Older generations may have realized they made a mistake when determining this, they may want to change it. They might also just question it, wonder what else they could have done.

    A few translations from the original german song didn't translate into the song. Liem's input on the translation: "Hello Major Tom. Are you receiving? Turn the thrusters on. We're standing by." the german version goes "Hello Major Tom, can you hear us? Do you really want to destroy this project?" which strongly implies that he decided to throw the mission.The ending is also slightly different, with Major Tom musing that a "light is leading me through space, I'm coming soon ... I'm starting to feel cold".
    frenziiouson April 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song on the new Lincoln MKZ (or whatever it was) commercial, and I just had to look it up. I love it, and I love the way it's sung. Awesome song.
    LP_Reanimatoron April 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdude, this cover is fucking amazing. i haven't been able to stop listening to it.
    st hannahon June 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing song...love the way her voice sounds
    tomorrowisanewdayon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. I heard it on the commerical thursday night and have been searching for it since
    MusicAddict09on April 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI too heard this song in the Lincoln commercial. It seems that the lyrics are doubled here though, at least from the version I've heard. Awesome song though
    ROsniper18on April 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds of the movie 2001:space odessey
    i love that book i love that movie
    I LOVE THIS SONG the shiny toy guns are great
    perlarmzon May 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastic song giving us a very sad story. The original was done in German by Peter Schilling in 1982.
    AquilusDominion May 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsooo, is this about the words disinigration?
    imrealisticon January 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song from the Linclon commercial really caught my attention because the voice sounds so Annifreid (sp) Lingstaad from Abba. If you heard any of her albums both English and Dutch, this song is a dead ringer for her style and her voice. so when I read originnaly it was written in German, made sense to me.
    Please tell me when this song was written. Sounds so 80's strange I had never heard this song before now.
    ninahhhdreamson May 26, 2010   Link

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