In 1972 this song went to #5 across the Anglosphere (except for Australia where it did not seem to chart). I always thought the song was somehow about drugs. In 2017 it was given a much deeper, more human meaning when Majid Adin and Stephen McNally made a video for it based on Adin’s experience as a refugee. In the video the Earth is played by Iran and Mars is played by a futuristic London, “cold as hell”. Brilliant. The song, after all, can be read as being about the loneliness of a man who leaves his family to go to a faraway, alien world to make a living.
She packed my bags last night, preflight
Zero hour, nine a.m
And I’m gonna be high
As a kite by then
I miss the Earth so much
I miss my wife
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