The Prisoner Lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron


publisher: ©CARLIN AMERICA INC
writers: Brian Jackson, Gil Scott-Heron
album: Track 11 in album Pieces of a Man
release date: 1971
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genres: Jazz Funk / Soul
styles: Soul-Jazz/Jazz-Funk/Political/Poetry
length: 9:26
producer: Bob Thiele
mixer: Bob Simpson
lead vocals: Gil Scott-Heron
electric guitar: Burt Jones
drums: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
piano & electric piano: Brian Jackson
bass guitar & electric bass guitar: Ron Carter
conductor: Johnny Pate
saxophone & flute: Hubert Laws
composer: Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson

Cover Art

Gil Scott-Heron Pieces of a Man cover art
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Here I am, after so many years
Hounded by hatred and trapped by fear
I'm in a box, I've got no place to go
If I follow my mind, I know I'll slaughter my own.

Help me I'm the prisoner, won't you hear my plea
I need somebody, yeah, to listen to me
I beg you, brothers and sisters, I'm counting on you (yeah).

Black babies in the womb are shackled and bound
Chained by the caveman who keeps beauty down
Smacked on the *** when they're squalling and wet
Heir to a spineless man who never forgets

Never forgets that he's a prisoner, can't you hear my plea
Cause I need somebody, Lord knows, to listen to me
I'm a stranger to my son who wonders why his daddy runs.

On my way to work in the morning when I don't give a damn
Can't nobody (x4) see just who in hell I am
Hemmed in by a suit, yes all choked up in a tie
Ain't no wonder some times near morning I hear my woman cry
She knows her man is a prisoner, won't you hear my plea
Yeah, cause I need somebody, wooo, to listen to me
My woman she don't say but she hates to see her man chained this way
Yeah, help me, I'm the prisoner
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm the prisoner


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2 Save the Children
  • 3 Lady Day & John Coltrane
  • 4 Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  • 5 When You Are Who You Are
  • 6 I Think I'll Call It Morning
  • 7 Pieces of a Man
  • 8 A Sign of the Ages
  • 9 Or Down You Fall
  • 10 The Needle's Eye
  • 11 The Prisoner