john lennon'un taa 1970'te cikardigi ilk solo albumunden bir sarki. screaming trees, marianne faithfull, roger taylor, blind melon ve daha saire tarafindan da yorumlanmistir. hatta bir anma konserinde kylie minogue soylemisti bu sarkiyi, "a working class hero is something to be" kismini "a working class hero is stuck in the bed" anlamistim, yillarca oyle caldi sarki kafamda. sozler pek uzuncludur aslinda.
as soon as you're born they make you feel small
by giving you no time instead of it all
till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
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
till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules
when they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
then they expect you to pick a career
when you can't really function you're so full of fear
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 peasants as far as i can see
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
if you want to be a hero well just follow me
'din le, sexle ve televizyonla uyutulursun, kendini akilli, sinifsiz ve ozgur zannedersin, oysa gordugum kadariyla sikindirik bir koylusun hala' diyen lennon'un orta tabaka konformizmine lanet yagdirdigi bestesi.
marianne faithfullun istanbul konserinde yumruğu havada söylediği kült şarkı.
(bkz: working class zeroes)
a tribute to john lennon
bu guzel kapakli* guzel albumun icinde bulunan sarkilar sirasiyla:
red hot chili peppers - i found out
mad season - i don't wanna be a soldier
candlebox - steel and glass
blues traveler - imagine
screaming trees - working class hero
minus five - power to the people
magnificent bastards - how do you sleep
flaming lips - nobody told me
super eight - well, well, well
cheap trick - cold turkey
collective soul - jealous guy
sponge - isolation
toad the wet sprocket - instant karma
mary chapin carpenter - grow old with me
george clinton - mind games
sarkinin güzel bir roger taylor coveri da mevcuttur.
sözleri konu üzerine yüzlerce akademik çalışmadan, entellektüel şorlamadan ve dahi kuru laf kalabalığından çok daha fazlasını anlatan şarkı.