"Working Class Hero (John Lennon cover)" as written by and 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 if you're clever and despise a fool
Till you're so fucking 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 fucking 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 all the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
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


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"Working Class Hero" as written by John Lennon

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    General CommentI love this song! It just totally speaks to me, like the government and all the adults just beat you down half your life then they expect you to become just like they are and if you don't they talk about you or they think your a freak or your wierd, you know?
    x_quaratine_xon May 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love how green day make songs their own.
    deliiroaron May 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg!!
    i am the first 1..
    colness!!
    well i would have 2 say first this song rox butt!!!
    and second..
    i think this song means 2 u could b a hero 2 people evn when u r in 'working class' wich i guess is low or sumthing..
    or..
    juss being tuff through the hard times you go through in life..
    imao..
    hola atcha homie!!
    devy bearon May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHAHA
    i meant coolness..
    l8r
    devy bearon May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthuh..
    but wut i also think it is..
    is that when everything seems 2 b cuming 2 an end..
    u turn 2 a 'working class hero' and you can fase avything and everything the earth throws in you face!!!!
    imoa...
    l8r g8r
    devy bearon May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, in case people didn't know, this is a John Lennon song that Green Day covered. The lyrics are rather self-explanatory, and it speaks of alienation in a lower social class. Obviously, nothing beats Lennon's version, but Green Day's version works well with the more political material they've been doing in the past couple of years.
    T_Capon May 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's room at the top I'm 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
    Working Class Hero is something to be



    I think that verse is the entire point of the song....

    You have to be a leader, you have to go for what you want, and let NOTHING get in the way
    mikesdon May 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a very good song and i think Greenday did very well with it. I still like Marianne Faithfuls version the best, but i love pretty much everything by her.
    jdjon May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much. i swear it inspires me everytime i hear it to stick up for the people around me, especially when people are trying to get other people to conform into uncaring slaves. they fucking sicken me. im so glad that this song is for darfur, they really need it now
    hkittylyon May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreen Day has become way too political and they used to be so good. I hate how bands are getting all political out of nowhere, just sing about whats been making you so good all these years.
    EXsOHs007on May 23, 2007   Link

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