Working Class Hero Uke tab by John Lennon

3 Chords used in the song: Am,G,D

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[Am Am] As soon as you're born they [G G] make you feel [Am Am] small
[Am Am] By giving you no time in[G G]stead of it [Am Am] all
[Am Am] Till the pain is so big you feel [G G] nothing at [Am Am] all
[Am Am] A A working class hero is [G G] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] A A working class [G G] hero is [D D] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] They hurt you at home and they [G G] hit you at [Am Am] school
[Am Am] They hate you if you're clever and they [G G] despise a [Am Am] fool
[Am Am] Till you're so fucking crazy you can't [G G] follow their [Am Am] rules
[Am Am] A A working class hero is [G G] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] A A working class [G G] hero is [D D] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] When they've tortured and scared you for [G G] twenty odd [Am Am] years
[Am Am] Then they expect you to [G G] pick a ca[Am Am]reer
[Am Am] When you can't really function you're [G G] so full of [Am Am] fear
[Am Am] A A working class hero is [G G] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] A A working class [G G] hero is [D D] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] Keep you doped with religion and [G G] sex and T.[Am Am]V.
[Am Am] And you think you're so clever and [G G] classless and [Am Am] free
[Am Am] But you're still fucking peasants as [G G] far as I can [Am Am] see
[Am Am] A A working class hero is [G G] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] A A working class [G G] hero is [D D] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] There's room at the top they are [G G] telling you [Am Am] still
[Am Am] But first you must learn how to [G G] smile as you [Am Am] kill
[Am Am] If you want to be like the [G G] folks on the [Am Am] hill
[Am Am] A A working class hero is [G G] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] A A working class [G G] hero is [D D] something to [Am Am] be
[Am Am] If you want to be a hero well [G G] just follow [Am Am] me
[Am Am] If you want to be a hero well [G G] just follow [D D] me [Am Am]

 

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About this song

"Working Class Hero" is a song from John Lennon's first post-Beatles solo album, 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The song is a take on the class split of the 1940s and 1950s, and of the 1960s in which he was famous. The song appears to tell the story of someone growing up in the working class of capitalism. According to Lennon in an interview with Jann S. Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970, it is about working class individuals being processed into the middle classes, into the machine.