"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…