The song was written about Mike’s children. Specifically, he writes of a common fear many new parents have: adolescence. According to him, “Invisible” sends the listener to that moment when, in a parental or mentoring situation, you have to tell your kids something they don’t want to hear. While you as a parent are doing this because you love them, the children will inevitably feel you are simply being an overbearing parent.
As Mike Shinoda puts it, “I have kids, they’re all very little and I realize they’re all very strong willed. If they want something a certain way or don’t want to put their socks on or they don’t want to brush their teeth, they’ll make life so difficult over that one little thing. I thought, ‘Oh my God, when these kids are 16, we’re going to have the full-on God, I hate you, you don’t understand me…’ Slam the door, put on the headphones, and not listening to the parents. So I thought how cool would it be to make a song and theoretically put it in a time capsule to send it to that moment in time, when they put the headphones on.”
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