This song was written in response to the success of Bush's multi-million-selling debut album Sixteen Stone
after years of failure. Frontman Gavin Rossdale
"When you first climb that ladder if you're lucky enough, and I was lucky enough to have that insane success with it, it's a bit overwhelming in some ways. I didn't go to school where you learn how to prepare for any kind of success, I was English, I'd failed for many years, I was not used to being successful – and there's something about being swept up in that success that's daunting and really overwhelming... it wasn't a complaint, it was just an observation."
Rossdale added that "Swallowed" was a bit like his version of "Help!
," although he was quick to say he's not "as good as The Beatles."