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Space Weird Thing by Alaska Robotics

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on May 29, 2015

 

“Ground Control to Top Space Man”

 

An outfit calling themselves Alaska Robotics have created a wonderful new take on David Bowie’s 1969 classic, Space Oddity, with one major difference to the original...they've limited themselves to words taken only from the thousand most common words in English. As you might imagine, that places some restrictions on the original Bowie lyric.

Here are a few before and afters...

 

“Take your protein pills and put your helmet on” becomes: “Take your small food rocks and put your head-safe on”

“Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do” is now: “Home space ball is blue and there’s nothing I can do”

“Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles” translates to: “Though I’m past five hundred hundred hundred hundred feet”

 

Despite the new lyric not scanning quite as well as Bowie’s original, the new recording works remarkably well.

Molly Lewis, Marian Call, and Seth Boyer modified the lyrics and performed the song. Patrick Race had the original idea, and he filmed the hilarious version of the video (based on the original Bowie promo), with help from Ben Soileau and Aaron Suring.

We’ll leave you with the Alaska Robotics version of the lyrics so you can sing along to the video here.

 

 

SPACE WEIRD THING

(David Bowie's "Space Oddity" translated into Up-go)

 

Ground control to top space man

Ground control to top space man

Take your small food rocks and put your head-safe on

 

Ground control to top space man

(ten, ten less one, ten less two, seven,

Start the numbers-down, big fires on

six, five, four, three, two, one, up-go!)

Check the start thing and may God's love be with you...

 

This is Ground Control to top space man,

you’re really first in class

and the papers want to know which person's shirts you wear

now it’s time to leave the space-house since you’re there

 

This is top space man to Ground Control,

I’m stepping through the door

and I’m relaxing in the air and it’s weird

and the stars look very different today

 

For here am I sitting in a lunch box, far above the world

Home space ball is blue, and there’s nothing I can do

 

Though I’m past five hundred hundred hundred hundred feet,

I’m feeling very cool

And I think my space car knows which way to go

Tell my wife I love her very much -- she knows

 

Ground Control to top space man,

your talk line’s dead, there's something wrong

Can you hear me, top space man? Can you hear me, top space man?

Can you hear me, top space man?

 

Can you....here -- I’m relaxing in my lunch box

Far above the space night light ball

Home space ball is blue, and there’s nothing I can do

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    29 May 2015
    Space Weird Thing by Alaska Robotics

     

    “Ground Control to Top Space Man”

     

    An outfit calling themselves Alaska Robotics have created a wonderful new take on David Bowie’s 1969 classic, Space Oddity, with one major difference to the original...they've limited themselves to words taken only from the thousand most common words in English. As you might imagine, that places some restrictions on the original Bowie lyric.

    Here are a few before and afters...

     

    “Take your protein pills and put your helmet on” becomes: “Take your small food rocks and put your head-safe on”

    “Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do” is now: “Home space ball is blue and there’s nothing I can do”

    “Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles” translates to: “Though I’m past five hundred hundred hundred hundred feet”

     

    Despite the new lyric not scanning quite as well as Bowie’s original, the new recording works remarkably well.

    Molly Lewis, Marian Call, and Seth Boyer modified the lyrics and performed the song. Patrick Race had the original idea, and he filmed the hilarious version of the video (based on the original Bowie promo), with help from Ben Soileau and Aaron Suring.

    We’ll leave you with the Alaska Robotics version of the lyrics so you can sing along to the video here.

     

     

    SPACE WEIRD THING

    (David Bowie's "Space Oddity" translated into Up-go)

     

    Ground control to top space man

    Ground control to top space man

    Take your small food rocks and put your head-safe on

     

    Ground control to top space man

    (ten, ten less one, ten less two, seven,

    Start the numbers-down, big fires on

    six, five, four, three, two, one, up-go!)

    Check the start thing and may God's love be with you...

     

    This is Ground Control to top space man,

    you’re really first in class

    and the papers want to know which person's shirts you wear

    now it’s time to leave the space-house since you’re there

     

    This is top space man to Ground Control,

    I’m stepping through the door

    and I’m relaxing in the air and it’s weird

    and the stars look very different today

     

    For here am I sitting in a lunch box, far above the world

    Home space ball is blue, and there’s nothing I can do

     

    Though I’m past five hundred hundred hundred hundred feet,

    I’m feeling very cool

    And I think my space car knows which way to go

    Tell my wife I love her very much -- she knows

     

    Ground Control to top space man,

    your talk line’s dead, there's something wrong

    Can you hear me, top space man? Can you hear me, top space man?

    Can you hear me, top space man?

     

    Can you....here -- I’m relaxing in my lunch box

    Far above the space night light ball

    Home space ball is blue, and there’s nothing I can do