The title "Earth Odyssey" referes to Homer's epic Greek poem the Odyssey
by way of David Bowie's "Space Oddity
." Bowie had recently died, and Asaf Avidan was doing some deep thinking and intense personal reflection. He thought about how "Space Oddity" is a play on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey
, which evoked about Greek mythology and the Odyssey
"I got to thinking about how we are always projecting our voyages onto the seas and the skies," he told Songfacts
, "but what about dirty, dusty earth? The journey of life. So it became this song about the meaninglessness and hopelessness, but everybody keeps singing as the world is spinning into oblivion. It's a hymn to our powerlessness."