Gründlich durchgecheckt
Steht sie da
Und wartet auf den Start
Alles klar

Experten streiten sich
Um ein paar Daten
Die Crew hat da noch
Ein paar Fragen, doch
Der Countdown läuft

Effektivität
Bestimmt das Handeln
Man verlässt sich blind
Auf den andern

Jeder weiß genau
Was von ihm abhängt
Jeder ist im Stress
Doch Major Tom
Macht einen Scherz

Dann hebt er ab und!

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
Wollen Sie das Projekt
Denn so zerstören?
Doch, er kann nichts hören
Er schwebt weiter

Völlig losgelöst
Von der Erde
Schwebt das Raumschiff
Völlig schwerelos

Die Erde schimmert blau
Sein letzter Funk kommt
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
Schwerelos

Völlig losgelöst
Von der Erde
Schwebt das Raumschiff
Schwerelos

Völlig losgelöst
Von der Erde
Schwebt das Raumschiff
Völlig schwerelo-o-o-o-s

Lo-o-o-o-s
Lo-o-o-o-s
Lo-o-o-o-s
Lo-o-o-o-s


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  • +4
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    I can understand the interpretations about drugs and Bowie, but to me this song has always seemed to be about something else. Maybe it's because I have heard stories about Near-Death-Experiences (NDE's) since I was a grade school kid, but here's what I see.

    The mission really did go wrong. In a way. The mission was about exploration and collecting data about a realm that we know very little about (especially back when this song was written) - space. It becomes a mission about exploring and "collecting data" on another realm we know very little about - death. About which Major Tom says "No one understands." If it were drugs, many people would understand.

    "No one understands, But Major Tom sees...Now the light commands...this is my home...I'm coming home..."

    This to me is Major Tom describing a profound experience - not a drug induced high, not even an NDE - but a full dying experience. I see this as a tribute to the concept of life continuing after death. Not necessarily a religious kind of statement, but from a more secular human experience sort of perspective. How much more secular can you get than an astronaut with a military rank? So Major Tom's last statements are describing his mission of exploration continuing - and his life continuing - in a new way, on a new level.

    One of the most common characteristics of Near-Death-Experiences from all over the world and from people of all kinds of religious backgrounds is the presence of an overwhelmingly bright, peaceful, beautiful light. Everyone seems drawn to it...as if it is home.

    Anyway, just another idea. Another possibility.

    drew403on June 14, 2015   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    Looking at the song again, if you want to REALLY read into it... here's even a little more of an expansion on my previous take. That the entire song is a very carefully structured allegory about all of life, not just death. And it's verse by verse.

    Verse 1 - Conception, with the "ship" symbolizing our bodies - "we all enter the world alone..."

    Verse 2 - Birth. The crew being the doctor, nurses, midwife, whoever helps us transition from our pre-birth existence to our living existence. Also, babies do not breathe while in the womb, but they do immediately after. So if Tom's up in the "capsule" preparing for birth, maybe he would want to take one last "drink" (of amniotic fluid) before things get new, unknown, and crazy.

    Verse 3 - Life. "Second stage is cut" - umbilical - need say more? Then all is good. Things going great, but still Tom stops and wonders, as most people do at some point or another during life - "What will it effect, when all is done...?" What is the point - the meaning - of life?

    Verse 4 - Death. Ground control returns to the lyrics as the hospital team coming back into the picture. At the end of his life. Trying to resuscitate him. Rockets could be heartbeat, breathing, whatever system you want to imagine as failing, causing Major Tom to die. The medical team is trying to get him to restart that failing system, but his body is not responding.

    "MiniVerse" - Give my wife my love. Separation.

    Verse 5. After Death. I went into this at pretty good length in my last post, so I won't make you re-read it here. But I'll just say the world mourning, but Major Tom continues to experience living consciousness after the tragedy. He sees a light, and say's he's coming home.

    ----I had long seen the end of this song as being about a dying experience. But it was not until taking a new look at the lyrics today that I realized - if you allow yourself to consider it - this could also be an incredibly well crafted, and artistic allegory about the entire human experience, from conception through death and into the afterlife. Wow. Take it, leave it, laugh it off, or stand in awe of the possibility as I am. Up to you. But today, I am a whole new level of impressed with this song as a master-work of art! Hat's off to you Peter Schilling!

    drew403on June 14, 2015   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I recently found a comparison online of "Major Tom" and "Space Oddity." It said that while "Space Oddity" was written about Bowie's drug addiction and all, "Major Tom" isn't about drug addiction. GGCrono4 had it on the dot with what the comparison said. Major Tom basically fakes a problem with his ship so he can stay in space.

    ak_prideon January 24, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    What a delightful masterpiece of New Wave era !

    baitnswitchon August 09, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    actually, it's not really a sequel to "Space Oddity" so much as what's happening from the other perspective. i.e. in the Bowie's we hear him calling to ground control, and in this one we hear what they are saying to him. Even if it was supposed to be about drugs, it's still emotionally moving if taken literally. One minute the guy's joking about having a drink, and then he's stranded millions of miles from home with no hope of return. ouch.

    rageonyxon March 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I've been told that the German original implies a few things that don't translate well -- does anyone here have a strong enough grasp of German to comment?

    Professor Mon July 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Also the unofficial prequel to "Ashes to Ashes," also by David Bowie. Most likely a song about Bowie's battle with drugs. Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey" may have been influential. Cool song, agreed!

    jasononearthon January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Major Tom seems to be trying to find his place in life. But he's still worried about how his wife must feel if he disappears. I wish i could just go away to some place and not have to answer or reply to anyone.

    PERHAPSon June 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Wow, it's even more sad he refused to let them know the truth. How detached. .

    And depressing.

    keykeyx10000on March 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    The song could have possible meanings depending on how you look at it. Judging from the music video (if the music video on YouTube is actually the real one!) it can be taken literally, that Major Tom is stranded in space. The conclusion follows him making the decision to propel his damaged spacecraft back to Earth so he can die on his own terms, where he calls home.

    Major Tom is a man who dreamed of seeing the stars. Though others are skeptical of him, he achieves his goal and becomes an astronaut. When something goes wrong on a routine mission, everyone thinks that he is dead when in reality his rockets have failed and communications have been severed. It's implied that Major Tom can still hear the ground crew, by the lyrics "they don't realize he's still alive.""They don't understand, but Major Tom sees, now the light commands" possibly alludes to the damaged rockets having come back online (signified by a light). Nobody else realizes that Major Tom is still alive on board the ship and capable of manning it to a limited degree. Major Tom decides that he would rather go "home" instead of slowly suffocating out in space, so he sets the rockets to propel him back into the atmosphere. The music video ends with the ship "coming home," in a ball of flame as it falls back through the atmosphere. If that's the literal interpretation it's both morbid but kinda beautiful at the same time. I guess it's about defiance in even the darkest of situations

    SeaCucumberon June 12, 2016   Link

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