"Working Class Hero" 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 you if you're clever and they 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 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


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"Working Class Hero" as written by John Lennon

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    General CommentI love both of them, they are almost two seperate songs.

    Lennon's version is sung by a man resigned to his fate without the ability to be really pissed about it anymore. He understands all the shit going on but can't get outraged, its just a fact that life works like this.

    Manson isn't resigned to this fate, he's pissed! A very angry version of it, making the song his own.

    I don't know if i prefer either, i just think they suit different moods.
    Nowheremanon February 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust to make this clear to everybody. John Lennon wrote this. So don't give Manson any credit.
    cptchipjewon April 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttrue, john lennon might have written it, but marilyn manson did it better.
    poisonXedgeon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthahahhahahha poisonXedge, Manson has shit all over this song. John Lennon is much better.
    Philadelphia Eagleson October 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoth John Lennon and Marilyn Mansons's version of this song kick ass. Personally I prefers Manson's version but I'm also a die hard Manson fan and I prefer this style of music although i do really like John Lennon and the the Beatles.
    River Wolfon November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminded me of the USSR and the book 1984
    MeshBlorgon March 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLoL and then it is about our own society to the bone, ironic.
    JASGripenon April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this version actually does a good job of capturing the anger that John Lennon didn't exactly fully reveal in his version.
    Philadelphia Eagleson June 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShut up eagles
    Anti-Punkon January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a little repetative. other than that its a pretty good song
    fletcha939on May 28, 2006   Link

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