"Swallowed" as written by Alice Cohen, Evan Player, Kenneth Sanders and Shawn Tracy....
Warm sun feed me up
I'm leery loaded up
Loathing for a change
And I slip some
Boil away

Swallowed followed
Heavy about everything but my love
Swallowed sorrowed
I'm with everyone and yet not
I'm with everyone and yet not
I'm with everyone and yet not

Just wanted to be myself
Hey you said you would love to try some
Hey you said you would love to die some
In the middle of a world on a fishhook
You're the wave
You're the wave
You're the wave

Swallowed borrowed
Heavy about everything but my love
Swallowed hollowed
Sharp about everyone but yourself
Swallowed oh no
I'm with everyone and yet not
I'm with everyone and yet not
I'm with everyone and you're not
I'm with everyone and yet

Piss on self-esteem
Forward busted knee
Sick head
Blackened lungs
And I'm a simple selfish son

Swallowed followed
Heavy about everything but my love
Swallowed oh no
I'm with everyone and yet not
I'm with everyone and yet not
I'm with everyone and yet not
Got to get away from here
Got to get away from here
Got to get away from here
Got to get away from here
I miss the one that I love a lot
I miss the one that I love a lot
I miss the one that I love a lot
I love


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"Swallowed" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's a story about a lost love. The pain it causes has to be swallwed and move on. That even if surrounded by friends and family you're alone. In this world she was the one who save you from its sorrow. And you don't belong here anymore so you have to get away, because you miss her a lot.

    The greatest song ever...
    k_ozon March 04, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsong writers like metaphors. It has to mean something and make sense to them... and it leaves the listener to interperate it himself. Every song has a different meaning to each different person who listens. Music is beautiful that way. How i love metaphors

    (although i cant seem to figure out this song... has no meaning to me i guess... good song though.)
    babyelfon May 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentplease make bush comments. they are such a good band, they deserve way more comments than they have. I wanna know what other people think of their songs mean too. Bush rules!!!
    ashley007on March 11, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't know how I feel about the meaning of this song quite yet. Even with out lyrics, the music to this song brings out it's own emotions. I love it.
    I see how people can assume this song is about drugs, but more so, I believe it's about a girl. Maybe even both subjects.
    He's hurt, struggling, confused and trying to make a difference. At the end, he finally realizes he needs to make a change, get away, and make things okay again.
    Great song.
    OnlyInDreams126on January 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationthis song is definetly about heroin addiction.
    "Warm sun feed me up
    I'm leery loaded up
    Loathing for a change
    And I slip some
    Boil away'
    Hes talking about being reminded that hes alive by the feeling of sunlight on his skin and how he's bothered by it because his conscious is starting to remind him of the mistakes he's makingg and how he's living. But he has a "loaded" syringe and he hates the idea of changing his ways(to stop getting high, the mind of an addict) and getting clean so he "slips some"/shoots up and "boils away" gets high feels that warm sensation and forgets about the guilt he feels for being an addict.
    "Swallowed borrowed
    Heavy about everything but my love
    Swallowed hollowed
    Sharp about everyone but yourself
    Swallowed oh no
    I'm with everyone and yet not"
    hes swallowed or "consumed" by his addiction. "Borrowed" he knows that the feeling/escape he gets is only temporary. "heavy about everything but my love" meaning he's stressed out and worried about everything except for heroin, which in addiction has become the only thing he cares about. "Hollowed" is describing the emptyness he feels inside. "sharp about everyone but yourself" meaning he try's to help so many people but he cant even help himself. "Im with everyone and yet not" he's saying he still exsist in the world but he's never really present. he's always high or He's only thinking about getting high. he doesnt have goals llke evryone else drugs have become his world.
    "Just wanted to be myself" In my opinion thats one of he deepest lines ever written in music. with all the expectations of society , of his parents, he just wanted to be his fuckin self man. he jus wanted to be who he wanted to be and not have to worry about what is expected.
    "Hey you said you would, love to try some. Hey you said u would love to die some" he's speaking to himself. thinking back to the moment where he decided he wanted to try heroin desptie warnings from the people who were using it that he didnt wanna ruin his life or kill his future by trying it.
    "in the middle of a world on a fish hook. your the wave" he feels stuck. his life feels stagnant , and heroin is what keeps him moving. what gives him purpose.
    "Piss on self-esteem
    Forward busted knee"
    he doesnt give a shit about himself or needing to feel good about himself in addiction. he's a wounded person now.
    "Sick head
    Blackened lungs
    And I'm a simple selfish son"
    "sick head" because he's a compulsive drug user. "blackened lungs" meaning he's no good anymore.
    "im a simple selfish son" he cant/wont stop using dope even though he knows hes hurting everyone who loves and cares about him like his family and friends.
    wstephe1on April 02, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow come theres like no comments on any bush songs? That pisses me off...Bush is and was a great band. They may have lost a little bit of their goodness on their last cd, but their first two cd's were amazing and this song is amazing also. And i'm not sure exactly what it's about but oh well i still love it!
    GlriusBlnknDshWrldon February 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that this song does have to do with love, but i also think that it invloes drugs. Im sure that im way off, but everytime i listen to it, i can't help but think it. "i slip some boil away", "hey you said that you would love to try some", i don't know, thats just waht i think. and plus, people need to make more comments about them, they have hardly any and the are the best fuckin band
    ashley007on March 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI totally agree with babyelf.
    To me this song is about a man that is looking for his love because she's the only person that has sense to him.
    vfobushon May 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree this is a song about him missing his love... but...I think it is about how he can only rely on the person who he loves "Heavy 'bout everything but my love"

    Hte whole world is pulling at him b/c of his fame; he gets pissed, he gets tired, he gets depressed, he is hurting from all of the pressures "piss on self esteem...." I think he also talks about how the person he loves does not understand the position he is in "hey you said you would love to try some..."
    Finally he loves the person not matter what" Sharp about every on but yourself" could refer to his defensiveness towards every one but the one he loves.
    mrrogerson July 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyrics don't mean anything, they just suggest certain things, and what they suggest is unique to most everyone who listens to the song. Thats how it is in most songs. Sometimes the artist has a specific message to convey or story to tell, and sometimes he doesn't. But it doesn't really make any difference. Many artists choose words based on their sound, as Kurt Cobain did. People shouldn't assume that there is always a hidden meaning to things.
    GermanVerminon October 31, 2007   Link

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