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Posted in John Lennon with tags , , , , , on September 16, 2011 by fliker1970

Working Class Hero
Songwriter: John Lennon

As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool
Till you’re so crazy you can’t follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There’s room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero, well, just follow me
If you want to be a hero, well, just follow me

This song caused a fair amount of controversy for John Lennon, as his detractors pointed out that he was raised in an upper-middle class home by his aunt and had no right to call himself a working class hero. In an interview with Rolling Stone just 3 days before his death, Lennon explained: “The think about the ‘Working Class Hero’ song that nobody ever got right was that it was supposed to be sardonic – it had nothing to do with socialism, it had to do with ‘If you want to go through that trip, you’ll get up to where I am, and this is what you’ll be.’ Because I’ve been successful as an artist, and have been happy and unhappy, and I’ve been unknown in Liverpool or Hamburg and been happy and unhappy.
The final take as it appears on the album is actually a composite of 2 different performances done at 2 different studios. If you listen carefully (it might require headphones) you can clearly hear the sound of the guitar and vocals change where the edit was made about halfway through the song. (thanks, Dan – Montreal, Canada)
The word f–king appears twice in the lyrics. On the printed lyrics that came with the album, the word was obscured.
The line, “If you want to be like the folks on the hill” is a reference to the Beatles song “The Fool On The Hill.”
This features Klaus Voormann on bass and Ringo Starr on drums. (thanks, Bertrand – Paris, France) .- Source: Songfacts
Working Class Hero covered by Ozzy Osbourne
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