Analysis of Working Class Hero by John Lennon

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WORKING CLASS HERO: It’s something to be

“Working Class Hero” is a song made for the class split back in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The song is written by John Lennon, who was one of the singers in the old and legendary band, The Beatles, with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. He recorded the song between the 26th of September and the 6th of October; the song was though first released in 1971 in the United States and in UK in 1975. The song was on his first post-Beatles album “Imagine”. John Lennon was a working class hero himself. At least that is what he says in the end of the song; “If you want to be a hero, well, just follow me.”

The theme of the song is most likely the
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But still, we are just the same old peasant, whose job suck and who has a very low salary. And the refrain is on once again.

And along comes the 5th verse:

“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”

Here in the song’s very last verse, it appears that John Lennon was told there was a place “on the hill” for some people. But if you wanted to go there, you would have to learn to be careless of what everybody else thinks and says. As long as you do your thing, you will end up like “the folks on the hill”: Non-caring, but still happy and beautiful.

I can draw a perspective to the music video we got handed over, in the start when John Lennon is singing the first verse you see a kid walking by some bars, and the kids on the other side look back at him like he was an outcast. Down to second verse he sings about home, school and being clever or foolish. In the video there is a smart kid’s assignment, and there are a foolish kid’s drawings. Then John sings about being crazy, and meanwhile, we will see letters about weird behavior from the teachers in the video. In the 3rd verse the video show a really messy couch and he is singing about getting a career, but in the end of the verse they show a funeral on the video. And in my interpretation I get it so that people will commit suicide if they get “out of function”, because they do not know what to do otherwise.

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