Start The Machine

Album: We Don't Need To Whisper (2006)

Songfacts®:

  • In a 2006 interview with Kerrang! magazine, Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Box Car Racer) said of this song: "This is the last song on the album. I always take my daughter to this ice-cream place. Next door is a toy shop and they had a pink toy piano in there. It sounded so good, so I bought it. The very next day I put it in the shower and played that part. I pictured being on a boat and as you're leaving a city in flames, you see a tropical island, like you're going to a beautiful place. I make references to my past in this song - 'I left the chill and voice of screams and kids and ran for shelter.' In leaving the desolation and negativity behind, you find something beautiful." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Todd - Blackwood, NJ

Comments: 3

  • Fionn from Newbridge, IrelandIf you listen to this song and play the intro to "No it isn't by +44(Mark and Travis' band,the song is also about the break up of Blink-182)it fits perfectly in as if Mark had heard "Start the Machine"and wrote his own response.Just a thought?
  • Tj from Woodbridge, Vaif you watch this one video, ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWDxsEyBdCI ) its as if hes writing a song, and then his gf breaks up with him and at first he doesnt want to say sorry and then you see him rip up his lyrics and it say Say sorry (I wont say sorry) and he IM's his friend "i gotta catch her before she leaves" and so he rushes out side.......and just like that shes out of his life.
    sounds like something i can relate to
  • Jennifer from Beaver, PaI heard this song performed live on Angels and Airwaves first tour. Right before Tom sings this song he tells the audience this song was written about his former bandmates. "You know I won't say sorry." is his way of telling Mark and Travis that he does not regret his decision to leave the band. "I grew so close to all the thoughts I had to leave forever. I left the chill and voice of screams and "kids" and ran for shelter." Tom, Mark and Travis always had refered to their fans as "kids". Of all the songs on the album, I thought it would be the least likely to be about the breakup of his band, but after what he said it is easy to connect the breakup of the band to this song.
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