Lotus Eater
Foster the People Lyrics


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I could never be like you
I don't ever talk like that
Smiling with a sparkling drink
And stumbling in your lipstick mess
Molly was the loss of this
Yeah, it was a tragedy
But you keep hanging on
With a vacant look, just waiting around
For someone to take you home

And I know you know I'm not the one
I'm sorry I was late, I didn't wanna come

Ah!
Oh no, man, that it's just that looks fun
Ooh

My eyes are wandering
Can we just eat the news?
And dance around the room
In a scattered point of views
Well take my hand and breathe
Babe, just count to three
I wish that I could blink
And turn all your words into ice cubes
So I could fill my drink

And I know you know I'm not the one
I'm sorry I was late
Next time I just won't come

Ah!
Oh man, I think I gotta run!
Ooh

Well hey, what's that called?
When you're sitting on your couch
And having fun, just being by yourself
Wondering why
We can't commit to love
The things that we got
We always want more of

I know you'd rather have me fake it
But I'm not gonna make it

Ah!




Yeah yeah yeah, man I gotta run!
Ooh

Overall Meaning

The song "Lotus Eater" by Foster the People tells the story of a person who doesn't fit in with the lifestyle of those around them. The opening lines declare that the singer, despite their best efforts, cannot conform to the expectations of others. They don't speak in the same way or have the same way of thinking as the people around them, who appear to drink heavily and generally live a decadent lifestyle. The singer observes and feels out of place.


The chorus reveals that the singer is aware that they are not the one the others are waiting for. They know they don't belong there and apologizes for intruding into their world. The bridge offers an escape from the situation as the singer begins to daydream about dancing around and eating the news, wanting to forget about everything happening around them. The singer portrays the desire to stop thinking and just enjoy the moment as things are not meant to be taken seriously. Yet, despite all this, the singer is aware of their reality and knows what they want will not last long, as they to feel detached.


Overall, the track is a lament for not fitting in within a crowd and living life at full throttle, not thinking about anyone or thinking about tomorrow. Lotus Eater is a song of indifference and detachment, about accepting reality while also not wanting to be a part of it completely.


Line by Line Meaning

I could never be like you
I don't want to conform to your behavior or lifestyle


I don't ever talk like that
I don't want to speak like you do


Smiling with a sparkling drink
You're drinking and happy, but I am not joining in


And stumbling in your lipstick mess
You're making a mess of yourself with makeup and alcohol


Molly was the loss of this
The drug Molly led to a tragedy


Yeah, it was a tragedy
The situation was very sad


But you keep hanging on
You're holding onto the past


With a vacant look, just waiting around
You're waiting for something to happen, but not doing anything in the present


For someone to take you home
You're waiting for someone to rescue you from this situation


And I know you know I'm not the one
You are aware that I am not the right person for you


I'm sorry I was late, I didn't wanna come
I didn't want to be here, and I apologize for being late


My eyes are wandering
I am distracted by other things


Can we just eat the news?
Can we ignore the outside world for a while?


And dance around the room
Let's enjoy ourselves and forget our problems


In a scattered point of views
We have different perspectives and ideas


Well take my hand and breathe
Let's calm down and relax


Babe, just count to three
Take a deep breath and count to three to relax


I wish that I could blink
I want to escape from this situation


And turn all your words into ice cubes
I want your words to have no effect on me


So I could fill my drink
So I could relax and enjoy myself


Next time I just won't come
I won't come to this type of gathering again


Well hey, what's that called?
What do you call it when you enjoy being alone?


When you're sitting on your couch
When you're at home relaxing


And having fun, just being by yourself
Enjoying your own company


Wondering why we can't commit to love
Questioning why we can't make a commitment in a relationship


The things that we got, we always want more of
We are always wanting more than what we have


I know you'd rather have me fake it
You would prefer me to pretend to enjoy this lifestyle


But I'm not gonna make it
I can't pretend anymore


Yeah yeah yeah, man I gotta run!
I have to leave quickly




Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Mark Foster, Isom Innis

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Well, I could never be like you
I don't ever talk like that
Smiling with a sparkling drink
And stumbling in your lipstick mess
Molly was the loss of me
Yeah, it was a tragedy
But you keep hanging on
Would've make it look
Just waiting around
For someone to take you home
And I know you know I'm not the one
I'm sorry I was late, I didn't wanna come
Ah...
Oh no, man, it's just that that looks fun
Ooh...
Well my eyes are wandering
Can we just eat the news?
And dance around the room
In a scattered point of views
Well take my hand and breathe
Babe, just count to three
I wish that I could blink
And turn all your words into ice cubes
So I could fill my drink
And I know you know I'm not the one
I'm sorry I was late
Next time, I just won't come
Ah...
Oh no, man, I think I gotta run!
Ooh...
Well, hey, what's that called?
When you're sitting on your couch
And having fun, just being by yourself
Wondering why
We can't commit to love
The things that we got
We always want more of
But I know you'd rather have me fake it
But I'm not gonna make it
Ah...
Yeah, yeah, yeah, man, I gotta run!
Ooh...



All comments from YouTube:

@MYSTERIOMUSIC213316

To anyone wondering why the song is called "Lotus Eater" it's reference to the Odyssey when Odysseus and his crew stop on an island of a care free society of Lotus Eaters. They are addicted to the hallucinogenic and calming properties of the lotus they consume and have non stop parties and no real life outside of said parties.

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@danielamartinez6832

Just like in Percy Jackson

@tetragrade

@Daniela Martinez Yeah it's kind of shitty of this Homer guy to rip of Percy Jackson like that and he stole his name from the Simpsons too :/

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@Linkmon99

Anyone get a cage the elephant vibe off this? Btw this is the definition of underrated, sooo good. Every song in this album was so different but each one was literally amazing. Love these guys

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Hell yeahh

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hey dude I looked at your channel and your rap was REALLY cringey
but good taste in music

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Bro I totally agree with you, I'm a big cage fan

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