Prisoner (song)

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Single by 311
from the album Transistor
Released 1997
Genre Reggae rock, space rock
Length 2:50
Label Capricorn Records
Writer(s) Nick Hexum
Producer(s) Scotch Ralston
311 singles chronology
"Beautiful Disaster"

"Prisoner" is the second track and second single from 311's 1997 album Transistor. When being interviewed in 1999, SA Martinez stated that "Prisoner" is his favorite 311 song.[1] The song is about being trapped in a material plane and about someone not being themselves.

Music video[edit]

The music video shows a woman going inside a cold pool. With the lid to the pool closed, the band members are standing around in with looks like a basement, singing the song with various men in uniforms seen in the background. Clips of the woman in the pool is also occasionally seen. Later on, the band members are seen in that same pool. The music video for "Prisoner" was shot in Los Angeles, California.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Prisoner" (album version) - 2:50
  2. "Transistor" (Single Malt Mix) - 3:04
  3. "Prisoner" (DJ Spina & Tickla Remix) - 2:50
  4. "Prisoner" (DJ Sean Perry Mix) - 2:50


Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard Alternative Songs 21[3]


  1. ^ "Q&A". Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  2. ^ "Q&A". Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  3. ^ Billboard. "Prisoner - 311".