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Working Class Hero - John Lennon

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- 1436 days ago -
Theres 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.


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Ben O (135)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 9:50 am
"...Keep you doped with religion, sex and TV..."

Ben O (135)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 9:57 am
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didnt understand the assignment, and I told them they didnt understand life..."
(John Lennon)

Ted W (127)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 12:13 pm
Noted, forwarded, shared ultra-liberally! Thanks Dandelion for sharing this one! Loved John and his idealology! :0

Mandi T (366)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 12:14 pm
He sure was Sheryl ~ Thank you

Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 12:50 pm
Thx, certainly important and relevant now more than ever! The one John Lennon! Always admired him for his mind and spirit and his messages,even if I never really liked the music, or the Beatles' in general for that matter.

M B (62)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 2:04 pm
John was such a beautiful soul - his spirit lives on !
Thx, Dandelion
Our current government leaders systematically try to elimminate the unions, step by step - moral has been replaced by economics :/

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 2:50 pm
Noted. Thanks so much for posting, Dandelion. Definitely makes me shed a tear that this wonderful human being had his life ended way too soon! But, I am glad we are still hearing his voice and message today.

Roslyn McBride (28)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 3:31 pm
Thanks for the video, Dandelion, the words in this song, are pretty depressing, though, even if appropriate, others have more hope in them. Lennon was definitely a man ahead of his time, not appreciated until after his death.

Animae C (507)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 3:36 pm

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

Love him!

Shirley S (187)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 7:12 pm
After John Lennon was born they "broke the mold". He was UNIQUE !

Jeff Creech (64)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 7:49 pm
Them folks on the hill just smile as they send you off to kill.

Carol F (273)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 8:05 pm
Depressing. But I love John Lennon,
Thx Dandelion

Leanne B (46)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 9:25 pm
Loved John Lennon. Thanks Dandelion.

Laurie H (818)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 9:28 pm
Just brings me to tears, I adored this man and his philosophy and foresight. John Lennon was so ahead of his time, progressive in his thinking and choices and is So Very Missed!!!!! Thanks So Much Sherly!!~~

Judy C (91)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 10:05 pm
Such a great talent. I still miss John. Thanks for posting this, Dandelion.

Inge B (202)
Friday April 17, 2015, 12:43 am
Yup, the working class heroes do another class rich and independent ... !!!
Good song, calls for Revolution, when should we start?


Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday April 17, 2015, 2:48 am
This song is more important than ever,if you take a look at the unemployment rate for young people in the Southern part of Europe we are almost talking of a lost generation,thanks Sheryl and RIP John Lennon.

Birgit W (160)
Friday April 17, 2015, 6:04 am
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Darlene W (289)
Friday April 17, 2015, 7:01 am
Thank you --loved John Lennon.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 17, 2015, 8:42 am
Just makes me so sad that his life was cut short in such a tragic, senseless way.
Perfectly written song, still relevant today.
Thank you

Rhonda B (99)
Friday April 17, 2015, 11:05 am
Noted! Thank you for sharing Dandelion.

Colleen L (3)
Friday April 17, 2015, 1:15 pm
I too liked John Lennon. Thanks Dandelion

Janis K (129)
Friday April 17, 2015, 4:52 pm
Thanks for sharing.

marie C (163)
Friday April 17, 2015, 5:47 pm
Sadly Dandelion he was so drugged up most of the time he didnt even remember half of what he said
Yoko has a lot to answer for
I still love the Beatles

Sheryl G (359)
Friday April 17, 2015, 6:32 pm
I will agree he had a few low points in his life and had a "lost" year. But he knew very well what he wrote in this song and what he was singing. Many people can relate to this song.

I know a few said he was ahead of his time but he was very much a part of his time. There was poverty in the UK and in other parts of the world, he understood the plight of the workers. A harsh system was set up in the UK that consisted of poorhouses and workhouses. Although pretty much going out of existence by the time he was raised the horror of that time still echos. Charlie Chaplin was a child in one of those places and recalls his Mother having to go into one.....he never forgot had a big bearing on his life and his career.

So John knew of those who went into the mines, who toiled hard for little, who were sent off to wars, the whole system that takes the life out of most children and forces them into this drudge and mold for a lifetime. This still carries on today, is why these words are still as if fresh today, or as if he wrote them today. Some things get a bit better for awhile, and then go worse.

Thoms B (1)
Friday April 17, 2015, 8:34 pm
I'm just sittin' here watchin' the wheels go 'round and 'round.

fahad Al fahad (140)
Saturday April 18, 2015, 3:14 am
nice song :) Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Danuta W (1251)
Saturday April 18, 2015, 3:32 am

Michael O (176)
Saturday April 18, 2015, 7:39 am
A good song and it has been in the media lately, as it was featured in "Danny Collins", along with other classic John Lennon works.

Thanks Dandelion!

Janet B (0)
Saturday April 18, 2015, 7:06 pm

Stan B (123)
Sunday April 19, 2015, 1:29 am
Loved his musical talent but I wasn!'t impressed with the way he treated his first wife, Cynthia , who died recently from cancer. He was a selfish man in many ways.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday April 19, 2015, 6:08 am
I think John was a troubled man in many ways, that seems to run with genius for many of time. Contradictions within themselves. However, he had done many good things, and I believe he had finally come to a good place just before his death. He was reconnecting with his first son, he was a marvelous Father to his second son, I do think life was finally settling in for John.

Had he lived longer who knows what he may of become and made needed restitutions. Afterall he was young when married to Cynthia, there was a lot of pressure on him from the Manager, the music industry as a whole that negated the worth of Cynthia, telling him and the Beatles not to let on she was even in existence. People in all walks of life are human, make mistakes, but he also gave a lot back. How many of us can say we've been or done everything perfectly in life?

. (0)
Sunday April 19, 2015, 7:28 am
One of the few things he wrote that many can relate to. Too bad that when he died all the money and money that would have been generated from the sale of his various estates wound up in Yoko's back pocket instead of benefitting various global charities. Some working class hero ....

Caitlin M (104)
Monday April 20, 2015, 3:47 am
I think John's legacy includes the MAY things he wrote that many can relate to. I don't believe Yoko is the evil that she was purported to be and has done much to support the goods works that John would have wanted. Let's not sully this good man's legacy with petty complaints, please. Thanks much, Dandelion, for reminding us of this hero and the relevance of this piece of work today..

Sheryl G (359)
Monday April 20, 2015, 5:50 am
Thank you the message that the mailman had carried to DC being lost in the coverage of security and air space......this thread as well began to shift into something else instead of the IMPORTANT message that was contained within the song.

Forget is one must who wrote it if the person rubs you the wrong way......take the MESSAGE to heart. As with the mailman, even if you don't think what he did was the smart way of doing it......he had an important message to get out.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday April 20, 2015, 5:50 am
typo above....forget is should be forget "if"......

Diane K (134)
Monday April 20, 2015, 6:05 am
A reminder that John Lennon was a super talent, whose father deserted him & who lived with his Aunt. His mother was killed in the street by a car, then John suffered another major loss. She had taught him to play guitar by playing her banjo when he visited her. Sad that he grew up like that, since I'm sure the pain of suffering all his losses stayed with him. thanks

Sheryl G (359)
Monday April 20, 2015, 7:08 am
"Working Class Hero"

As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
'Til 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
'Til 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 T.V.
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 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

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
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