John Lennon – Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero – John Lennon

  • Activity type: identify correct word.
  • Note: This was released on Lennon’s first solo album, 1970’s Plastic Ono Band. He told the magazine Rolling Stone: “I think it’s for the people like me who are working class – whatever, upper or lower – who are supposed to be processed into the middle classes, through the machinery, that’s all. It’s my experience, and I hope it’s just a warning to people. I’m saying it’s a revolutionary song; not the song itself but that it’s a song for the revolution.”
  • Green Day covered this song for the 2007 album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
  • This song may be useful to introduce a discussion on the class system.
  • Note that this song features the word “fucking”, so may not be suitable for all learners.

Worksheet written by Prof. Noelia Rivas, Uruguay

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