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“Lotus” is a song by R.E.M., released as the second single from their eleventh studio album Up. The song’s recurring line “I ate the lotus” appeared in an alternate form (“I’ll eat the lotus...“) in a previous R.E.M. song, “Be Mine”. The line “dot dot dot and I feel fine” is a reference to R.E.M.‘s 1987 hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)“. The song is somewhat minimalist, with Michael Stipe singing surreal lyrics in a robotic manner. The song is based around a four-note keyboard part, with a distorted guitar riff at the beginning and after the second chorus. The single’s video, directed by Stéphane Sednaoui, was included as a bonus video on the DVD release of In View - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003. “I wanted to work... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ I ate the lotus ... Bring my happy back again ... So happy to show us

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