Listen to me Lamia, listen to what I've got to say
I've got these feelings and they won't go away
I've got these fears inside that bring me to my knees
Oh, help me Lamia or I'm sure I'll die, oh please

I feel unsettled now, I know that I've done wrong
Messed around with mystic things and magic for far too long
I feel I'm being paid with this nightmare inside me
The devil's got a hold on my soul and he just won't let me be

I'm on my knees, oh, help me, please
I'm on my knees, help me please

Oh Lamia, please, try to help me
The devil's got a hold of my soul and he won't let me be
Lamia, I've got this curse, I'm turning to bad
The devil's got a hold of my soul, he's driving me mad
Oh-oh

Oh Lamia, please try to help me
The devil's got a hold of my soul and he won't let me be
Lamia, I've got this curse, I'm turning to bad
The devil's got a hold of my soul, he's driving me mad
Oh-oh


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    General Commentisn't Lamia a female vampire or something?
    I really have no idead what the metaphors and similitudes used in this song are,
    but generally it can be understood as a plea for help from something
    Ddaduttaon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentProdigal Son is a parable Jesus said, its in the bible, but i doubt the song lyrics are related to the parable.
    the_powerslaveon February 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe solo in this song is hot
    ialmostbelieveon April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnyone else notice the musical similarity between this and Ozzy's You Can't Kill Rock 'n Roll? They came out at about the same time too. Hmm.
    Songmeaningsuseron December 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFuck you songmeaninguser.iron maiden do not steal music.
    MikePattonRuleson May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWelll...what does this song MEAN?
    kittieroxsohardon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfrom what i can tell...

    I've messed around with mystic things and magic for too long.
    I feel I'm being paid with this nightmare inside me,
    The devil's got a hold on my soul and he just won't let me be.

    The speaker was messing around with black magic or something and i think they are going to hell.

    i guess the speaker is asking Lamia to help him. From what i remember in greek mythology Lamia was a monster who zeus gave her the power of prophecy to make her stop killing children. what this has to do with the speaker i have no clue.

    this may have to do with the Keats poem which would probably make the speaker Lycius...but i dont know.

    i have no idea what lamia has to do with anything.
    IRON MIADEN!on May 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about the evil people carry in theri souls and the wrong moves they make.Really great song,imaginary,poetic abstract lyrics and travelling music.
    armagezonon February 27, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationA lamia is most often described as a demon. It could be something he summoned, or something he's sitting next to in Hell, or something sent to him to torment him. The Prodigal Son, the title, is based on the parable in the Bible, where a man's son wandered off, squandered his inheritance, and comes back promising to do better. The dad takes him back. The title basically means that the narrator strayed into evil, and he's trying to come back and be a good person.
    smosheron April 11, 2015   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all Paul Di Anno sung it not Bruce Dickenson, And I reckon that person who said that Lamia was a Greek mythological woman dragon is true and also in biblical times children were threatened to behave or if not they would be fed to Lamia who was a type of witch that tortured children so I supposed they´re personifying a misbehaved regretfu prodical son asing for forgiveness.and not be taken by Lamia. Come on your maidens !!!!!
    n anthony1on April 17, 2022   Link

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