The Prisoner Lyrics

UB40


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Jim Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Michael Virtue, Terrence Oswald Wilson
album: Track 9 in album UB44
release date: 1982
popularity : 9 users have visited this page.
genres: Reggae Pop
styles: Dub/Synth-pop
length: 5:53

Cover Art

UB40 UB44 cover art
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A misfit who is old before his time
Poverty has turned him to crime
Boredom gives him too much time to think
He pours another drink.

[Chorus]
A burning, bitter taste of irony
A prisoner in the land of the free.

He wonders why his landscape looks so strange
Burger bars are home on the range
An empty bottle falling from his hand
He doesn't understand.

[Chorus]
A burning, bitter taste of irony
A prisoner in the land of the free.

A cork unlocks the door to other lands
Of battles won and destinies in hand
A half-remembered state of liquid dreams
Where things aren't what they seem.

[Chorus]
A burning, bitter taste of irony
A prisoner in the land of the free.

A naked savage dressed in shirt and jeans
A burning, bitter taste of irony
A prisoner in the land of the free.

[Chorus]
A burning, bitter taste of irony
A prisoner in the land of the free.


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 So Here I Am
  • 2 I Won't Close My Eyes (remix)
  • 3 Forget the Cost
  • 4 Love Is All Is Alright (remix)
  • 5 The Piper Calls the Tune
  • 6 The Key
  • 7 Don't Do the Crime
  • 8 Folitician (remix)
  • 9 The Prisoner