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 in black and ubrned
Shellshock in the kitchen
Tables overturned

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

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

Back in the village again
In the village
I'm back in the village again

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' a prison for oneself
Shellshock in the kitchen
Tables start to burn

Back in the village again
In the village
I'm back in the village again

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

Back in the village again
In the village
I'm back in the village again, yeah
Back in the village again
In the village
I'm back in the village again

Back in the village
And I'm back in the village
And I'm back in the village again


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

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  • +2
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    its sad that more people havent heard this song..powerslave is a great album..lol

    peace

    cursed4everon January 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Another 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 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Number 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
  • +1
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    If 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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    uptheirons, 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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    Like 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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    Almost unbeatable! A great prelude to two masterpieces! One of my favorite album sides!!

    DTFANIAMon September 21, 2019   Link
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    they 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
  • 0
    General Comment

    Can 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
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    This is the only song on Powerslave that I'm not a fan of yet.

    Thunderbolton December 20, 2005   Link

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