Sapped and stupid
I lie upon the stones and I swoons
The darling little dandelions have done their thing
And changed from suns into moons
Dragons roam the shopping malls
I hear they're gonna eat our guts
If I had the strength I might pick up my sword
And make some attempt to resist

Get ready to shield yourself
Grab your sap and your heaters
Get ready to shield yourself
On the night of the lotus eaters

Mmmmm, don't you love me baby
Mmmmm, and don't you love my baby anymore

They gilded my scales, they fish-bowled me
And they toured me round the old aquariums
They come in their hordes to tap at the glass
The philistines and the barbarians
I like floating here, it's nice
They've hung seaweed around my hips
And I do the hula for the hungry ones
And the lames all throw me tips

Get ready to shield yourself
Grab your sap and your heaters
Get ready to shield yourself
On the night of the lotus eaters

Mmmmm, don't you love me baby
Mmmmm, and don't you love me my baby anymore

Get ready to shield yourself
From our catastrophic leaders
Get ready to shield yourself
Grab your sap and your heaters
On the night of the lotus eaters

Now hit the streets
Now hit the streets


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Night of the Lotus Eaters song meanings
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    Song MeaningA heater is a "knightly shield", which makes sense since he's telling us to shield ourselves and, if he had the strength, he'd pick up his sword.

    A sap is a "blackjack or short club".

    This song is about resisting and fighting back against all the crap that's taken over the world - the "catastrophic leaders" and the money-obsessed materialistic masses "roaming the shopping malls".

    And since Nick uses knighly/chivalrous symbolism for his role and ours against the "philistines and barbarians", the song is also about not letting ourselves/yourself get brain-washed and dumbed down, but fighting back to keep your chivalry and honour and integrity etc.

    Excellent, amazing song.
    the_boatmanon November 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI get the Odyssey references & the general gist of the song, but I don't understand the bit in the middle where the narrator seems to be a merman, or maybe a fake merman, in some kind of fairground show. There's a similar image in 'Midnight Man' where he refers to his dorsal fin. Very strange...
    morbid moragon May 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentInteresting song and excellent explanations. The Lotus Eaters (or The Lotos-Eaters) is also a poem by Tennyson, apparently based of the passage referred to above in the Odyssey, so maybe Nick got the reference from here. I think I remember reading he quite likes Tennyson.

    Morag: I agree the second verse is pretty opaque. Is he possibly referring to himself, performing (to the philistines and barbarians who don't care much for the message in his lyrics)?
    SamLowryon December 09, 2009   Link

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