"Back In The Village" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Frederick Smith....
Turn the spotlights on the people,
Switch the dial and eat the worm.
Take your chances, kill the engine,
Drop your bombs and let it burn.

White flags shot to ribbons,
The truce is black and burned,
Shellshock in the kitchen,
Tables overturned.

[Chorus]
Back in the village again,
In the village.
I'm back in the village again.

Throwing dice now, rolling loaded,
I see sixes all the way.
In a black hole, and I'm spinning
As my wings get shot away.

No breaks on the inside,
Paper cats and burning barns,
There's a fox among the chickens,
And a killer in the hounds.

Questions are a burden
And answers are a prison for oneself
Shellshock in the kitchen
Tables start to burn.

[Chorus]

But still we walk into the valley
And others try to kill the inner flame
We're burning brighter than before
I don't have a number, I'M A NAME!

[Chorus]


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"Back in the Village" as written by Bruce Dickinson Adrian Frederick Smith

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  • +1
    General Commentits sad that more people havent heard this song..powerslave is a great album..lol


    peace
    cursed4everon January 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother Maiden song based on the old British TV show "The Prisoner". Some cable channels still rerun the show on occasion, but be warned, it is f'ed up.
    Silver330on May 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthey also use a quote from the old tv show in which this is based on also look for homage to the show on the simpsons
    metalmassacreon June 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCan someone explain this song's relevance to the Prisoner? I ahven't seen the programme, and would like to know what this has got to do with it.
    UpTheIronson September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNumber Six always ends up Back in the Village,
    no matter how he tries to escape.

    One of the best shows ever.
    maharishion January 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is the only song on Powerslave that I'm not a fan of yet.
    Thunderbolton December 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf you listen to the end of the song you hear a kinda of laugh I wonder what thats about? I think it just part of powerslave.
    LordOfLighton April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf you listen to the part, "Throwing dice now, rolling loaded, I see sixes all the way", you can hear someone whispering '666'.
    RanOutOfRooon September 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentuptheirons, there's a few allusions to the prisoner, no. 6 (the protagonist) always ends up back in 'the village' no matter how hard he tries to escape, the line "questions are a burden and answers a prison to oneself" is a direct quote from the series, and the line 'i have no number, i am a name' is another direct refference to the much quoted 'i am not a number i ama free man!'
    Azraeldrahon October 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLike its predecessor 'The Prisoner', this song is based on the British TV series The Prisoner. "The Village" is the name of the mysterious place which is the setting for the story. This place really exists and is actually called Portmeirion, in North Wales.

    There is a neat thing where Bruce sings "...I see sixes all the way...". Superimposed on this is a whisper saying six six six.
    moonchild-nm156on February 09, 2008   Link

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