John Lennon was fucking brilliant.

I know (and work with) many people who weren’t even born yet when Lennon died; and very few of them really know what a genius he was … but maybe this video will help.

I know a lot of people don’t like Green Day, thinking they’re sell-outs or not real punks … whatever. Their treatment does nothing to makes this song any less poignant and important … and just might help introduce a new generation not only to John Lennon, but open their minds to some of the problems going on elsewhere in the world.

GREEN DAY – WORKING CLASS HERO

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 all the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
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