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About The Song - Working Class Hero - John Lennon and Green Day

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Working Class Hero - John Lennon (Cover By Green Day)


This song is about us, the working class hero. From birth, Lennon depicts the cruelty of the system we live in and how we are forced through life without time to think. Lennon wrote this song to wake everyone up, which he makes perfectly clear when he says:


"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 peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,"


It's also important to note that this song was considered quite controversial because it was one of the first popular songs with curse words. Lennon used "fucking" twice in "Working Class Hero." Like other curse words, "fucking" is used to emphasize feeling; especially anger, frustration, and resentment. In this case, Lennon used it tastefully to emphasize the most important aspects of the song.


"Fucking" was first used in the line "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow the rules," which is referring to how insane the system can be; enough until you go "fucking crazy." Lennon chose to accentuate this point because of how angry it made him feel and how frustrating it is that many people truly don't realize the reality that we live in. Just like he says in the verse above, "Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV, And you think you're so clever and classless and free," Which brings us to the second use of the word "fucking." "But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see." Calling us "fucking peasants" should really get the point across; really drive the message into everyone's minds. At least you would think so, right?


 


 


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