The Prisoner

Gil Scott-Heron

FAVORITE (4 fans)

Gil Scott-Heron

Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was "bluesologist", which he defined as "a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues." His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. more »


Year:
1988
8:39
57 Views
#1

 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer

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 ass 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

 The easy, fast & fun way to learn how to sing: 30DaySinger.com

Written by: BRIAN JACKSON, GIL SCOTT-HERON

Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

Discuss the The Prisoner Lyrics with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "The Prisoner Lyrics." Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 5 Dec. 2021. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/875431/Gil+Scott-Heron>.

    Missing lyrics by Gil Scott-Heron?

    Know any other songs by Gil Scott-Heron? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video

    The Prisoner

    84,751
    718     19

    Browse Lyrics.com

    Our awesome collection of

    Promoted Songs

    »

    Quiz

    Are you a music master?

    »
    In which year did David Bowie die?
    • A. 2015
    • B. 2014
    • C. 2016
    • D. 2013

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Gil Scott-Heron tracks

    On Radio Right Now

    Loading...

    Powered by OnRad.io


    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!

    Movies in which is played

    The Prisoner

    »