Major Tom

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MARCH 2019 

I used to work at this Fred Meyer on the opening shift. One morning at about 5am the song “Major Tom” came on. For those unfamiliar the lyrics start out in a sort of rhythmic low chant and the chorus picks up louder. So I heard the lyrics right before the chorus, “..the count goes on” and then nothing. At this moment I realized that the usual sound of other people working had stopped. There was no other noise besides the sound of me working in my aisle. For the next probably 45 seconds I saw no one else in the store and heard nothing. Then the chorus jumped in at full volume with “Four, three , two, one, earth below us…” And I heard someone shifting a section in the next aisle over and someone else ran past my aisle. Things resumed normally.

Submitted by Lucy