This is a video (with lyrics) to Elton Johns "rocket man" song. In the late 60s and early 70s America was involved in a space race with the former Soviet Union. This was also a time of cultural change with music leading the was as what we call "rock and roll" began to emerge. I believe the song is a story told from the perspective of an astronaut who is preparing for space flight. I live less than 2 miles from NASAs Johnson Space Center, where many astronauts train, so this is something that really hits home for me.

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2 years ago
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This is a video (with lyrics) to Elton Johns "rocket man" song​. In the late 60s and early 70s America was involved in a space race with the former Soviet Union. This was also a time of cultural change with music leading the was as what we call "rock and roll" began to emerge. I believe the song is a story told from the perspective of an astronaut who is preparing for space flight. I live less than 2 miles from NASAs Johnson Space Center, where many astronauts train, so this is something that really hits home for me.

2 years ago
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Cool song. Also of note is David Bowie's Space Oddity. Both songs feature the astronaut character being separated from his family (permanently, in Space Oddity's case). I think it's kind of weird that that's the aspect of being an astronaut that a songwriter would want to focus on. Kind of ties back to what we read about kids picturing the stereotypical scientist as aloof and isolated.