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"The Prisoner" is a song by Iron Maiden, written by bassist Steve Harris and guitarist Adrian Smith. It is the third track from the 1982 studio album The Number of the Beast.

Lyrics[]

We want information,
Information, information
Who are you?
The new number two
Who is number one?
You are number six
I am not a number, I am a free man!
Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

I'm on the run, I kill to eat
I'm starving now, feeling dead on my feet
Going all the way, I'm nature's beast
Do what I want and do as I please

Run, fight, to breathe, it's tough
Now you see me, ha ha, now you don't
Break the walls, I'm coming out

Not a prisoner, I'm a free man
And my blood is my own now
Don't care where the past was
I know where I'm going out

If you kill me, it's self defense
if I kill you then I call it vengeance
Spit in your eye I will defy
You'll be afraid when I call out your name

Run, fight, to breathe, it's gonna be tough
Now you see me, now you don't
Break the walls, I'm coming out

Not a prisoner, I'm a free man
And my blood is my own now
Don't care where the past was
I know where I'm going
I'm not a number, I'm a free man
Live my life where I want to
You'd better scratch me from your black book
'Cause I'll run rings around you

Not a prisoner, I'm a free man
And my blood is my own now
Don't care where the past was
I know where I'm going
I'm not a number, I'm a free man
Live my life where I want to
You'd better scratch me from your black book
'Cause I'll run rings around you
Not a prisoner, I'm a free man
And my blood is my own now
Don't care where the past was
I know where I'm going


Length[]

  • Album version: 6:03


Personnel[]

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