My Ten Favorite Man Songs: Spaceman (#4)
By Four Walls
November 24, 2016 6:27pm CST
Thanks to @teamfreak16 , who started a list of favorite "girl" songs, I've been running through all the gender pronouns. I'm at the "man" songs now, and here's the next song on my list of ten favorite songs with "man" in the title. #4: Spaceman - Harry Nilsson Yeah, baby! You kids just don't know what it was like. In the 60s the astronauts were heroes in the US. The lunar landing in July 1969 was one of the biggest events of the 60s. That probably explains why there were so many songs about outer space in the late 60s and early 70s. It wasn't just the sci-fi shows like Star Trek, we had really conquered space! A lot of these songs were bona fide classics: "Space Oddity" by David Bowie and "Rocket Man" by Elton John are signature tunes for those respective superstars. You can add to that list of iconic, career-defining songs Harry Nilsson's "Spaceman." Casual music listeners may only know his cover of "Everybody's Talkin'," which was used in the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack (trivia: Warren Zevon also had a song on that soundtrack!). Maybe people know he sang the theme to The Courtship of Eddie's Father. But oh, was there so much more to Harry Nilsson than that. This is a song about "wishful thinking" ("I wanted to be a spaceman, that's what I wanted to be") and the ugly reality of getting one's wish ("now that I am a spaceman I'd rather be back on the pad"). This is one of my all-time favorite Harry Nilsson songs....heck, one of my all-time favorite songs, period. It's on my 100 favorites list! Spaceman Written by Harry Nilsson Recorded by Harry Nilsson From Son of Schmilsson, 1972 Hey, Mother Earth, won't you bring me back down safely to the sea!
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25 Nov 16
Yes indeed. He was also in an episode of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
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