Man And Machine

Album: Lionheart (2004)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a song about the ill-fated Donald Campbell. "We watched him die on TV" said Biff Byford in his memoir Never Surrender....

    The Saxon frontman was 11 days short of his 16th birthday when on January 4, 1967 - 19 years to the day before the death of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott - Campbell set out to break the water speed record in Bluebird K7 on Coniston Water. His father Sir Malcolm Campbell had set the world record on the same lake on August 19, 1939 when he achieved the somewhat modest speed of 141.74mph. His son sought to more than double that, indeed between them the two men held a staggering 21 world speed records, the last being Donald's 403.1mph on land in July 1964. As might be expected, his final attempt - on water - was monitored by the media, including filming the actual crash; the vehicle broke up. His body was not recovered until May 2001.
  • Running to 3 minutes 28 seconds, group composition "Man And Machine" is Track 2 on the 2004 Lionheart album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Which Restaurants Are Most Mentioned In Song Lyrics?Song Writing

Katy Perry mentions McDonald's, Beyoncé calls out Red Lobster, and Supertramp shouts out Taco Bell - we found the 10 restaurants most often mentioned in songs.

Strange MagneticsSong Writing

How Bing Crosby, Les Paul, a US Army Signal Corps Officer, and the Nazis helped shape rock and Roll.

Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"They're Playing My Song

The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.

Howard JonesSongwriter Interviews

Howard explains his positive songwriting method and how uplifting songs can carry a deeper message.

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.

Spooner OldhamSongwriter Interviews

His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."