- An extract from the Wikipedia reference to Major Tom:
B) Major Tom finds himself floating in space, and all of a sudden, he knows that he was never meant for life on earth. "Planet earth is blue" in both the literal sense and the figurative: it's a sad place. There's nothing he can do about it. He marvels at the "tin can" that was his means of escape from the sad blue marble. He's "feeling very still," or calm and serene, floating in space. At that moment, he knows he's a space traveler. His "space ship knows which way to go." He leaves. He's finally free. He leaves a farewell for his wife, and sets out to start living his life where he belongs: floating round in his tin can.
2. the quality of being odd; singularity, strangeness, or eccentricity.
3. an odd characteristic or trait; peculiarity.