The late s and early 70s was a fertile time for political unrest, with anti-Vietnam war protests, worldwide protests inand the rise of the New Left.
This is one of Lennons greatest songs off his finest album. Monday 25 January Great song and a great website. Well, anybody that sings with a guitar and just sings about something heavy will tend to sound like Dylan.
The verse was recorded during a different session in Studio Two and edited in afterwards, but with less treble applied to the guitar. Even his avenue was better. I put it in because it does fit. It was only poor Ringo who was failed by the education system and we described as being brought up in Dickensian poverty.
By reaching backing into his childhood and school days, Lennon realised that freedom from conformity was necessary at a personal as well as social level.
He was raised to speak like that. They even had siamese cats in the garden. Despite the basic arrangement, Lennon later denied that Working Class Hero owed a significant dept to Bob Dylan, whom he subsequently disavowed in God. I would deliberately not say things, because it might upset somebody, or whatever I was frightened of.
Likewise, Paul and George went to the more prestigious Liverpool Institute. And actually when I sang it, I missed a bloody verse. I never liked the fruity Judy Collins and Baez and all that stuff. I just think its concept is revolutionary. Although it may have been widely misunderstood, it is likely that the title — and, indeed, much of the lyrics — of Working Class Hero was ironic.
They thought he was…rich! This song is one of his more heartfelt efforts. They were considered of a lower class than John. As for his accent, it was on purpose.
Lennon was brought up in a comfortably middle class Liverpool household, but, as in Imagine the following year, was merely asking his listeners to envisage an alternative situation rather than treat him as a leader preaching from an ivory tower.
Interesting to read of the alternate versions of this song — I will certainly check them out. Lennons great voice with finger picked rhythm guitar, simply brilliant. I had to edit it in. His father was a stevedore, his mother had no profession but a poor reputation.
I mean schools you have to pay to study. The difference in sound, and a poorly-timed edit which drops a bar before the chorus, suggests Lennon was more motivated by getting his message heard than by the quality of the recording. Reply Graham Paterson Wednesday 18 March I would firstly like to compliment the Beatles Bible websites summary of this great song.
The closing line, "If you want to be a hero well just follow me", was clearly meant ironically rather than as self-aggrandisement; after all, in Lennon was in the midst of a long period of self-doubt and insecurity, and was barely inclined to put himself forward as a leader.
He never worked aside as a musician. Seduced by elements of the New Left, Lennon was disenchanted with the way he felt workers were used by the upper classes to build wealth, and were "doped with religion and sex and TV" to remain as an underclass.
This song is also one that is misunderstood. I was very near to it many times in the past, but I would deliberately not put it in, which is the real hypocrisy, the real stupidity. This song is probably more applicable today as when it was recorded in So the only folk music I know is those about miners up in Newcastle.
The North-South divide for a start. In this context, the description of "fucking peasants" was a critique of his perception of the ruling class rather than those they dominated.
It took him more than a hundred attempts to get right, in sessions spread over several days. John Lennon was working-class and made to feel he was working-class. Being from he UK I find it odd that so many are trying to find reasons to portray Lennon as being middle-class.
He was commenting on what society does to people in order for the individual to supposedly make it. Aunt Mimi was worried John had poor boys as friends.In the refrain, Lennon sardonically contrasts his own status as a “Working Class Hero” with these subtle crimes against humanity.
In an interview with Rolling Stone completed just days before. Working Class Hero was part of a line of political songs that began with 's Revolution and culminated with the album Some Time In New York mi-centre.com late s and early 70s was a fertile time for political unrest, with anti-Vietnam war protests, worldwide protests inand the rise of the New Left.
"Working Class Hero" is a song by John Lennon from his album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, his first album after the break-up of the rock band the Beatles. Theme. A political song, the song is a commentary/criticism on the difference between social.
to the working clas a hero is mainly someone who works till he drops dead.
while the propaganda working class hero is a civil rights fighter, but the working clas dont like those cause masses never like those who lift theire heads above the rests or worse tell them to change theire lives.
' working class hero is something to be ' that means if you could be a HERO as a working class man, thats something to be, thats something good, cause when youre a HERO, you arent like all the other WORKING CLASS PEOPLE. In the end he suggests that well "if you want to be a hero then just follow me" which can be interpreted in many different ways but specifically to be a working class hero and aid in building the society instead of being led by politicians capitalists or the rulers.Download