"Lotus" as written by and Michael Stipe Peter Buck....
Hey hey
Hey hey

I was hell
Sarcastic silver swell
That day it rained
Tough spun, hard won, no
Ocean flower aquarium
Badlands, give a hand
Honey dip, flim flam
Hey hey, hey hey
That cat can walk like a big bad man

So happy to show us
I ate the lotus
Say haven't you noticed?
I ate the lotus

Storefront window, I reflect
Just last week I was merely heck
Tip the scale, I was hell
It picked me up, then I fell
Who's this stranger?
Crowbar spine
Dot, dot, dot, and I feel fine
Let it rain, rain, rain
Bring my happy back again

So happy to show us
I ate the lotus
Say haven't you noticed?
I ate the lotus
I ate the lotus

Let it rain, rain, rain
Save me from myself again
Wash away my ugly sins
Opposing thumb, dorsal fin
That monkey died for my grin
Bring my happy back again
Let it rain, rain, rain
Bring my happy back again

So happy to show us
I ate the lotus
Say haven't you noticed?
I ate the lotus
I ate the lotus
I ate the lotus
I ate the lotus


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"Lotus" as written by Michael Stipe Peter Buck

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is what some random website says: "The Lotus flower is held sacred in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Egyptian religions... Lotus is a symbol of purity and ressurection."

    "...save me from myself again/Wash away my ugly sins, opposing thumb, dorsal fin/That monkey died for my grin."

    These lines obviously have a reference to religion. That monkey = Jesus,
    Opposing thumb, Dorsal fin = what comes to mind is evolution, but I think the symbology goes further than that.

    "Storefront window, I reflect"
    The image storefront seems to be used that religions showcase what they have to offer.

    I can't say that I'm accurate, but I think I'm on the right track... most of it I'm not sure what they're trying to say.

    Post if you've got some ideas.
    Greyshoeson December 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus lands on the Island of the Lotus-eaters. On this island is the Lotus Flower. If you eat it, you never want to leave.

    As for the rest of the song, I have no clue. It rocks though.
    ProudestMonkey1on February 24, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMichael Stipe is easily one of the greatest songwriters of all time. And this song is one of the best examples of his songwriting.
    Jakeberton April 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me this song has always ment something interviening in your life (especially someone) then falling into depression, only to be helped up again and taking it in your stride (let is rain rain rain, bring my happy back again). "eating the lotus" symbolizes never wanting to leave (odyseiuss) that happy place you return to. i know im probably completely wrong but thats just what i have always thought. love this song so much
    Sir_Jibbaloton November 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite rocker songs from r.e.m. I'm completely clueless on meaning, and totally content to enjoy it that way.
    yogaboaton November 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard a story that if you eat a lotus, you forget everything that has ever happened to you up to that point in your life. But please correct me if I'm wrong!!

    Ps- Is the Lotus a mythical flower?
    driver08ukon February 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDig the organ line!......that's it really
    pumkinhedon August 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think my dad said something like this song is about him appearing on a show, and he was accused of being sacreligious, so he wrote this in response. I had always thought it was about being heretical because the lotus is a religious symbol, and he is eating it. Does the TV show theory have any merit? Or did i just totally make that up ha ha...
    lexusinabasketon January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really, really love this one
    Reminds me of old times
    johannsenon October 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentaccording to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…:

    Recent studies have shown Nympaea caerulea to have psychedelic properties, and may have been used as a sacrament in ancient Egypt and certain ancient South American cultures. Dosages of 5 to 10 grams of the flowers induces slight stimulation, a shift in thought processes, and mild closed-eye visuals. Nymphaea caerulea is very often confused with Nelumbo nucifera, the blue lotus, which contains the alkaloid nuciferine, which has sedative and muscle-relaxing properties. The active principal alkaloid in Nympaea caerulea is currently unknown.[citation needed]

    These psychoactive effects make Nymphaea caerulea a likely candidate (among several) for the lotus plant eaten by the mythical Lotophagi in Homer's Odyssey and in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's (fl. 1850) poem, The Lotos-Eaters.

    The flowers are rumored to contain aporphine, an entheogen that is purported to have divinatory properties, and nuciferine, an antispasmodic, but the Egyptian species have never been scientifically tested for these compounds.[citation needed]

    Used in aromatherapy, Nymphaea caerulea is purported to have a "divine" essence, bringing euphoria, heightened awareness and tranquility.[citation needed]

    Other sources cite anti-spasmodic and sedative, purifying and calming properties.
    airwolf queenon January 21, 2007   Link

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