History TearJerker / DavidBowie

27th Jul '16 7:32:25 PM gewunomox
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* "Space Oddity". The tale of a routine space mission, accompanied by sad music and Major Tom philosophizing -- and then "Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you" "heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere... am I floating 'round my tin can..."

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* "Space Oddity". The tale of a routine space mission, accompanied by sad music and Major Tom philosophizing -- and then "Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you" "heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere... am "Heeeeeeere... Am I floating 'round my tin can..."



** The true tragedy of this is that the song is two-layered: one is the implied suicide by Major Tom. The other is that the song was released at the very end of TheSixties: depending on interpretation, its either about drugs or technology, the two great hopes of the Space Age that never delivered on their Utopian promises. "And I think my spaceship knows which way to go..."

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** The true tragedy of this is that the song is two-layered: one One is the implied suicide by Major Tom. The other is that the song was released at the very end of TheSixties: depending Depending on interpretation, its it's either about drugs or technology, the two great hopes of the Space Age that never delivered on their Utopian promises. "And I think my spaceship knows which way to go..."



** If you take the interpretation that Major Tom's capsule malfunctioned completely, enjoy imagining his slow, asphyxiating death... alone.
** There's a Masters of Song Fu challenge that deals with reinterpreting this song, and both have an undertone of loneliness. From Jeff [=MacDougall=]'s take: "I'm high!/ Can you see me?/ I'm the blink in the night sky./ I'm not afraid./ Everything's clear./ Tell my wife no need for tears."

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** If you take the interpretation that Major Tom's capsule malfunctioned completely, enjoy imagining his slow, asphyxiating death... alone.
Alone.
** There's a Masters of Song Fu challenge that deals with reinterpreting this song, and both have an undertone of loneliness. From Jeff [=MacDougall=]'s take: "I'm high!/ high! / Can you see me?/ me? / I'm the blink in the night sky.sky. / I'm not afraid.afraid. / Everything's clear.clear. / Tell my wife no need for tears."



** Now that Bowie is no longer with us, these two lines take on a new, very poignant meaning....

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** Now that Bowie is no longer with us, these two lines take on a new, very poignant meaning....meaning...



** As if the original version wasn't sad enough, the one Bowie performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson is simply [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMZ0-nJ0Ipo devastating.]]
*** And topped even that performance when he sang at a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIFmNRDuM3Y hurricane Katrina benefit concert]] in 2005. Only a year after his heart attack, a worn-out looking Bowie sang alone on stage with just a piano accompaniment. Ever the showman, his hand was bandaged and his eye was made up like it was bruised- to reflect the pain and loss of the victims. This particular troper was in tears!

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** As if the original version wasn't sad enough, the one Bowie performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson is simply [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMZ0-nJ0Ipo devastating.]]
*** And topped even that performance when he sang at a [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIFmNRDuM3Y hurricane Katrina benefit concert]] in 2005. Only a year after his heart attack, a worn-out looking Bowie sang alone on stage with just a piano accompaniment. Ever the showman, his hand was bandaged and his eye was made up like it was bruised- to reflect the pain and loss of the victims. This particular troper was in tears!
30th Apr '16 2:33:52 PM aye_amber
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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZN3oUUrokg The live version of "Slip Away"]] is particularly heartbreaking, considering it opens with a clip from ''TheUncleFloydShow'', the song's subject matter, which is - in a weird way - a mediation on death.

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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZN3oUUrokg The live version of "Slip Away"]] is particularly heartbreaking, considering it opens with a clip from ''TheUncleFloydShow'', ''The Uncle Floyd Show,'' the song's subject matter, which is - in a weird way - a mediation on death.
30th Apr '16 2:29:30 PM aye_amber
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*** [[HeartwarmingMoments "She knows."]]

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*** [[HeartwarmingMoments [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments "She knows."]]



** "Subterraneans" and "Warszawa" only get even more tear-jerking when you read about the real-life conditions that inspired them (respectively, the plights of East Berlin and Warsaw at the time of the album's recording). As is usual for these things, ThatOtherWiki has more details.

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** "Subterraneans" and "Warszawa" only get even more tear-jerking when you read about the real-life conditions that inspired them (respectively, the plights of East Berlin and Warsaw at the time of the album's recording). As is usual for these things, ThatOtherWiki Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has more details.
30th Apr '16 2:28:29 PM aye_amber
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* Many songs from ''Hours...'', especially this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR86Vs7RJsU&feature=player_embedded live version of "Seven."]]
** "Thursday's Child", particularly the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S227FFNwl8&p=25302E0CD684CDBC video]], is another sad song -- but is, at least, hopeful.

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* Many songs from ''Hours...'', especially this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR86Vs7RJsU&feature=player_embedded com/watch?v=hR86Vs7RJsU live version of "Seven."]]
** "Thursday's Child", particularly the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S227FFNwl8&p=25302E0CD684CDBC com/watch?v=8S227FFNwl8 video]], is another sad song -- but is, at least, hopeful.
30th Apr '16 2:26:50 PM aye_amber
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* Here's Bowie's take on Creator/BertoltBrecht's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPcUTlHcp-Y The Drowned Girl]]" -- a cruelly detailed recounting of a demise.

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* Here's Bowie's take on Creator/BertoltBrecht's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPcUTlHcp-Y The "The Drowned Girl]]" Girl" -- a cruelly detailed recounting of a demise.
30th Apr '16 2:24:19 PM aye_amber
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** There's a [[http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/2008/07/24/masters-of-song-fu-1-final-challenge-voting-begins/ Masters of Song Fu]] challenge that deals with reinterpreting this song, and both have an undertone of loneliness. From Jeff [=MacDougall=]'s take: "I'm high!/ Can you see me?/ I'm the blink in the night sky./ I'm not afraid./ Everything's clear./ Tell my wife no need for tears."

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** There's a [[http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/2008/07/24/masters-of-song-fu-1-final-challenge-voting-begins/ Masters of Song Fu]] Fu challenge that deals with reinterpreting this song, and both have an undertone of loneliness. From Jeff [=MacDougall=]'s take: "I'm high!/ Can you see me?/ I'm the blink in the night sky./ I'm not afraid./ Everything's clear./ Tell my wife no need for tears."
6th Apr '16 1:07:34 PM bedrockperson
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** In the original music video, as Bowie sings that line, his face shows genuine sadness, it looks almost as if he's about to start crying.

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** In the original music video, as Bowie sings that line, his face shows [[http://imgur.com/6ttaFX4 genuine sadness, sadness and concern]], it looks almost as if he's about to start crying.
6th Apr '16 1:05:19 PM bedrockperson
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** In the original music video, as Bowie sings that line, his face shows genuine sadness, it looks almost as if he's about to start crying.



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26th Feb '16 2:57:03 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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** David will never see his grandchild http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/10/david-bowies-son-announces-late-father-was-to-become-grandad

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** David will never see his grandchild http://www.[[http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/10/david-bowies-son-announces-late-father-was-to-become-grandadcom/music/2016/feb/10/david-bowies-son-announces-late-father-was-to-become-grandad David will never see his grandchild]].
12th Feb '16 10:41:59 AM Angel2002
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**David will never see his grandchild http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/10/david-bowies-son-announces-late-father-was-to-become-grandad
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