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A Working Class Hero is Something to Be

Working Class Hero - John LennonJohn Lennon, one of my favorite artists of all time, wrote Working Class Hero, one of my favorite songs of all time. In Working Class Hero, Lennon calls out the social, political and economic institutions that have been put into place to sustain the system and maintain the status quo. The song points to how school, religion, politics, and the “job” give us the illusion of choice but in actual fact, it is a bounded reality. The choices we are allowed to make are limited and sterilized – each giving us the feeling that we are in control but in actuality bring us closer and closer to the statistical average. We are contented and distracted by choices like what car to drive, which designer to wear, and which iPhone case to use. Lennon points out that our working class lives are, by design, nothing more than cogs in the machine – but he implies that there is a better way. We can choose not to be a “working class hero”.

This song should be seen as the anthem for anyone who chooses to opt-out, chart their own course and seek true freedom through financial independence. It’s a wake up call. It’s a reminder to see the forest from the trees. Whenever doubt creeps into my consciousness, whenever I find myself slipping back into the comforting, numbing embrace of the “regular” consumer life – I give this song a listen and I am instantly reminded that there is more. It is a call to arms my fellow financial freedom fighters!

Here is a link to a video made for the song as well as a copy of the lyrics below. Comeback when you need a little inspiration.

Working Class Hero Music Video

Working Class Hero – Lyrics

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
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

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

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
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

The final line, “If you want to be a hero well just follow me” is John’s way of recognizing that he is as much a part of the problem as the rest of us. The road to financial freedom isn’t about seeking perfection – it’s about making progress and improvement. Don’t strive to be perfect, work towards making progress. Choose not to be a working class hero.

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