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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A Working Class Hero Is Something to Be

You can access the playlist for my show today here.

The Seven O'Clock Special was "Love" by John Lennon, from the 1970 album Plastic Ono Band. It made me sad to think about his death, which happened 25 years ago this Thursday. After the Seven O'Clock Special we had a moment of silence, which you probably thought was me screwing up the equipment again. A big thanks to the caller who knew what I intended...

Today I played a number of Beatles/Lennon songs in what turned into a memorial show, at least in my mind:

  • "Strawberry Fields Forever" from Magical Mystery Tour
  • "Love" from Plastic Ono Band
  • "Instant Karma" from Shaved Fish
  • "Oh My Love" from Imagine
  • "Because" from Beatles Anthology 3
  • "The End" from Beatles Anthology 3


  • There are a lot of sites dedicated to the life and work of John Lennon, but this is the official one (www.johnlennon.com).

    Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon was released October 4. From www.johnlennon.com: "The double CD set, executive produced by Yoko Ono, will offer the most comprehensive collection of Lennon's hit singles and key album tracks to date--38 songs in all."

    Among other things, John Lennon was a protest singer and a social activist. Guess that's one reason I like him so much. "Working Class Hero" is one of my favorite Lennon songs.

    Working Class Hero
    by John Lennon


    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
    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
    A working class hero is something to be
    A working class hero is something to be

    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
    A working class hero is something to be
    A working class hero is something to be

    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
    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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