Working Class Hero – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Working Class Hero – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band


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 20 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’re 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

100 thoughts on “Working Class Hero – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band”

  1. Verse 1]
    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

    [Refrain]
    A working class hero is something to be
    A working class hero is something to be

    [Verse 2]
    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

    [Refrain]
    A working class hero is something to be
    A working class hero is something to be

    [Verse 3]
    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

    [Refrain]
    A working class hero is something to be
    A working class hero is something to be

    [Verse 4]
    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

    [Refrain]
    A working class hero is something to be
    A working class hero is something to be

    [Verse 5]
    There's room at the top they're 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

    [Refrain]
    A working class hero is something to be
    A working class hero is something to be

    [Outro]
    If you want to be a hero well just follow me
    If you want to be a hero well just follow me

  2. Great artist, shame he died under suspicious circumstances after becoming an articulate and vocal critic of power and military aggression, weird how that often happens.

  3. when you can relate all these years later to every word.. breaks the heart..
    The best song he ever wrote.

  4. JL "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're 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"

  5. Sajnos én csak magyarul tudok véleményt írni!! De ez a szám egy kibaszott nagy értékű,hatalmas horderejű mondandóval bíró, iránymutató eszmeiségű HIMNUSZnak nevezhető!!

  6. Time is small all good things must come to an End 1979 was not good to me I was born in 1964, 15 teen was not good to me.

  7. I never heard this song on the radio
    its like he's written my life into a song
    "First you must learn how to smile how as you kill, If you want to be like the folks on the hill"

  8. So nothing has really changed in the UK since this song came out in 1970. The majority of us are the peasants whilst the rich and establishment rule the country.

  9. There's room at the top they're 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

    music industry…..

  10. Thanks for sharing, the song writer was a genius, and they assassinated him. RIP John Lennon. One of my favourite tracks

  11. And folks still walk around clueless , and NOW with all this new technology, strange how so many love wearing chains and call themselves free !

  12. when you can relate all these years later to every word.. breaks the heart..
    RIP Pete Shotton (4 August 1941 – 24 March 2017)

  13. when you can relate all these years later to every word.. breaks the heart..
    The best song he ever wrote.
    "They hate if you're clever, but despise a fool" great lyric
    This isn't political. It's just reality.

  14. I'm 46 years old, how in the fuck have I never heard this, probably because this song is reality, the kind of shit they don't want you to hear, because you might put that fucking mind control device (your cellphone ) and actually think

  15. We need soviet union back,every year after the end of USSR,capitalism becomes hardest and takes back everything because theres no exist the enemy anymore

  16. Brring….. briiiiing…. Yes hello?
    "Does a body catch a body in the rye?"
    Yes time to go kill John Lennon, Ronald Reagan, RFK……
    INSTANT KARMA didn’t kill John – the BLUE MEANIES at the #CIA did > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qup9bqf2Ik

  17. when you can relate all these years later to every word.. breaks the heart..
    its like he's written my life into a song

  18. This is why John and The Beatles will be relevant even 100 years from now. Their music is so relatable whether you're in England, The U.S. or any where on Earth. Long live J,P,G & R.❤️

  19. In the European middle ages boys who were supposed to become knights were not sent to school. Guess why.

  20. so fucking true school teachers who make kids life's a misery and don't see the full potential …fuck teachers life skills beat a degree any day

  21. Thank you to all the working class heroes who helped elect PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP in 2016, who will do it again in 2020. Keep America Great!

  22. "First you must learn how to smile how as you kill, If you want to be like the folks on the hill"
    I think this is better then imagine
    The best song he ever wrote.

  23. As soon as you're born they make you feel small.
    I wonder what Julian Lennon would think of that lyric?

  24. you know i’ve never really heard any of the beatles swear and when i heard him say fuck he actually meant it because if you don’t use that word very often it must have a strong meaning to that person

  25. Today it's just the opposite.
    They don't despise,they cheerish the fool.which means: John lennon has programmed the elite!
    Please come back and deprogramm!!!

  26. I haven't read these lyrics in so long, I love my life and career and do my VERY best to love-love-love my fellow man. But damn, this song will open your eyes if you allow!!

  27. This is the best song from his greatest and I believe first solo album released in 1971. John was a genius in writing edgy relevant songs of life as he understood it. I miss his voice.

  28. Glad to see so many young people in the comment section. The only people who cannot relate to this song have a long, metalic silver spoon stuck up their ass.

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