Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds is a frustrated man here, trapped in a system, caught up in the titular machine. Reynolds longs to break free, to live outside the box others had put him in, so that he can "paint this town with my very own vision."
The defiant, drum-heavy song was written by Imagine Dragons with Alex Da Kid. the English producer has collaborated with the group on several of their previous hits including "Radioactive," "Demons," "Sucker For Pain" and "Thunder."
Guitarist Wayne Sermon told Beats 1's Zane Lowe that the song "started with that simple drum thing at the beginning." Dan Reynolds then started vocalizing in the studio and Sermon quickly latched onto and laid down some guitar. Reynolds matched what Sermon was coming up with vocally and "Machine" took off from there.
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Bridget from CoI always thought that this song was about being bullied and human trafficking. The lyrics that made me think that are, "'Cause I've been wondering when you're gonna see I'm not for sale, I've been questioning when you're gonna see I'm not a part of your machine."