"Working Class Man" as written by and Jonathan Cain....
Working hard to make a living
Bringing shelter from the rain
A father's son left to carry on
Blue denim in his vein
Oh oh oh, he's a working class man

Well he's a steel town disciple
He's a legend of his kind
He's running like a cyclone
Across the wild mid western sky
Oh oh oh, he's a working class man

He believes in god and Elvis
He gets out when he can
He did his time in Vietnam
Still mad at Uncle Sam
He's a simple man
With a heart of gold
In a complicated land
Oh he's a working class man

Well he loves a little woman
Someday he'll make his wife
Saving all the overtime
For the one love of his life
He ain't worried about tomorrow
'Cause he just made up his mind
Life's too short for burning bridges
Take it one day at a time
Oh oh oh, he's a working class man
Oh oh oh, he's a working class man
Oh yeah
Yes he is
Well he's a working class man
Oh
Ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma
I tell you he's a working class man

Working class
Working class man

Yes he is

Working class
Working class man

I want to tell you he's a working class man

Working class
Working class man

Ma ma ma

Working class
Working class man

I got to tell you he's a working class man

Working class
Working class man

Working class
Working class man

I tell you he's a working class man

Working class
Working class man

Working class
Working class man

I tell you he's a working class man

Working class
Working class man (know he is)

Working class
Working class man

I tell you he's a working class man


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"Working Class Man" as written by Jonathan Cain

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  • +1
    General CommentThat is my favourite song of Jimmy Barnes then it's "No Second Prize"
    Heaven24on May 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA true Aussie classic, and when sung by Jimmy, it's almost a religious experience.

    Adopted as an Aussie blue-collar anthem.

    But it most certainly was not written with the "Aussie Battler" in mind. Written by Jonathan Cain, an American, keyboardist with Journey. Cain probably wouldn't know an Aussie Battler if he fell over him.

    Still, a great song, performed brilliantly by Barnes.
    RogerClyneon May 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGuys it's an American song written by Journey's keyboardist. It's about the "Bruce Springsteen" working class blue collar workers. Check out some of the lyrics (uncle Sam, simple man (lynard skynard), heart of gold (Neil young), etc. The theme was big in the 80s. But Jimmy Barnes liked it alot and made it his own. it wasn't written with Aussie battlers in mind, it just has a global message.
    sellis67on September 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA tribute to the working class men of the 1980s, in paticular, men of Australia. A song that has made a nation respect the lives of 'the Aussie battler.'
    TheLuckyChickenon March 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheard of this song and thought about my father and the amount of hardship he had to go through when we came in australia to support his family. Such a great song.
    neo_g64on April 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the most popular Aussie songs as it relates to the aussie way of life. may be related to the aussie worker who is struggling.
    mannie04on December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe more aussies havn't commented. This is one of the songs that defines, what it is to be Australian.

    AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE
    OI, OI, OI

    Go the socceroos!!!
    smooth_annon May 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEvery comment above is absolutely correct, the aussie battler working hard to make a living and support a family.
    "Well he loves a little woman
    Someday he'll make his wife
    Saving all the overtime
    For the one love of his life"
    As this song personally, suits me perfectly.
    iamnickon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOOOOVE this song! How can you not?
    koukla243on August 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA true Aussie classic, brilliant, how can you not sing along? I'm sure all the Aussies can relate to this in some way or another.
    Berrieon August 28, 2006   Link

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