Missy Higgins releases new lockdown anthem, ‘When The Machine Starts’

"It’s a post-it note to my future self: 'don’t forget the good things you’ve learnt!'"

Missy Higgins has dropped her second single of the year, ‘When The Machine Starts’.

Written during Melbourne’s first lockdown, Higgins first teased the track’s release late last week, uploading a video of herself dancing to part of the song.

Watch the video for ‘When The Machine Starts’, showing Higgins dancing along to the song in one room, below:


In a lengthy statement given to press, Higgins explained that the song is about being grateful for what she got to do while being confined to her home.

“Many of my friends and family have really struggled during this pandemic; some lost their livelihoods overnight, others have had to spend weeks cooped up alone in very dark headspace,” she said.

“Yet at the same time, there have been inspiring things going on as well. It’s actually given me more faith in humanity than any other time in history.”

“”It’s a post-it note to my future self: ‘don’t forget the good things you’ve learnt!'” she continued.

She also recognised her privilege of having finished her touring before lockdown and the fact that she and her family are financially stable to get through it.


“I know this track won’t hit home for a lot of people and that’s OK,” she said.

Higgins’ father, Dr. Chris Higgins, tested positive for coronavirus back in early March, after returning to Melbourne from the United States.

‘When The Machine Starts’ will follow on from ‘Carry You’, Higgins’ Tim Minchin-penned first single of the year. The track hit streaming services in January.

Missy Higgins will appear in the second episode of The Sound’s second season on Sunday (November 8), performing ‘When The Machine Starts’ outside of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station.  Kylie Minogue, Midnight Oil, Ruel and more appeared in the season premiere last week.