They're taking me down as a prisoners riot
This continues the revolutionary theme in the first verse.
‘They’re taking me down’ refers to being deterred by the prison officials. This is a clue that he started the revolution, as he is being singled out, even as the rest of the prisoners riot. This is a metaphor for how he feels, that he is going to have to figuratively ‘take a bullet’ in order for his revolution to go anywhere.
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