Talk:Working Class Hero

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Green Day cover section[edit]

I find very surprising that the section on the cover version by Green Day is larger than the section on the original song by Lennon. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.65.227.179 (talkcontribs) , 22:28, 18 November 2007

I find it frustrating that Green Day would have so much space on a song by John Lennon! There are plenty of covers of this song so why not give all of them just as much attention? I personally like the Green Day cover but I strongly disagree with the way their cover version overtakes the article of the original song. I tried to edit the article to the way it should be edited, with Green Day in the notable covers section but these editors will revert the changes so I quit doing the right thing. Let it be known that who ever does not sleep or work can revert any change, as biased a revert can be by a few die hard Green Day fanatics. Why not just call "Working Class Hero" a Green Day original? 75.43.170.245 (talk) 00:57, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Well it is not that much bigger, but the reasons are simple: the green day cover is fresh, there is more info about it, like the quotes, then there is also the talk about the event it was made for. Donny (talk) 11:39, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Once again, with the revert of what should be. There is even a singles section of Green Day on a song written by John Lennon? WTF??? I see your point but please see mine. What makes the Green Day cover that much better than all other covers? They belong in the covers section, period. I will revert changes once a day to avoid an edit war, I can keep it up once a day. I play that song as well but because I am not famous, I could never be mentioned as a person who covers it. I am fine with that. What gets to me is how much the Green Day section is riding on the coat tails of such a well known, established song. People should not see Wikipedia as a promotional tool for their own interest by shadowing the work of another artist with content of an artist they like. If people look up Working Class Hero, they will see what notable artist have covered it. They should never see half an article on a cover unless it was completely revolutionary, such as "Knocking On Heavens Door", originally by Bob Dylan but in case point, Guns n Roses made completely their own. There is nothing revolutionary about Green Days rendition, just another cover that fails in comparison to the original.

75.38.111.47 (talk) 19:22, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

Comment about Marx[edit]

I've removed a rather incongruous single-sentence paragraph comparing the sentiments of the "doped with religion" line, with Marx's "opiate of the masses". Aside from the stylistic problems of the paragraph, the disdain Lennon's line appears to carry for the "fucking peasants" is not necessarily similar to Marx's sentiment. Certainly the statement that it is could be seen a disputable, and an instance of Original research. Either way. I don't like it, and am removing it. It can be replaced, but I'd hold that it's a contentious statement. cmsg

uncited statement[edit]

It was controversial in that it was one of the first popular songs to include the word "fucking." In contrast to the usual censorship laws, the record label printed the word clearly.

This statement is accompanied by a "citation needed" tag. If I may chime in, in the lyrics booklet of my CD copy, the word is replaced with a "*." So, the part about the record label printing the world clearly is most likely false. If anyone can upload a scan of the original vinyl issue's lyric sheet as source that the word is printed clearly, as this article states, then the statement can be left in. If not, the erroneous information should be deleted. (Sugar Bear 14:02, 21 June 2006 (UTC))

Statement about Lennon being not from working class roots and the other Beatles being angry with the song because of this[edit]

This statement should not be here. It requires citation. Anything that you have to say, "Allegedly," unless the information is common knowledge, does not belong in an encyclopedia. So I deleted it. :D —Preceding unsigned comment added by 131.230.86.251 (talkcontribs)

Thank you for explaining. In the future, consider providing edit summaries to prevent your edits from being mistaken for vandalism. --Chodorkovskiy (talk) 18:00, 12 September 2006 (UTC)


middle-class - working class idea[edit]

About: "The irony of this song is that Lennon grew up in Woolton, which is one of the most afluent and middle-class areas of Liverpool."

I believe that the song is not really about "working class" in the classical meaning of the word. It is more about that the "middle-class" is an illusion, and that this is just the new form of a working class in the so called western world. So I do not know I that calling this "irony" is correct.

I'd agree with you there. The concept of the song is that lower classes are conned into working for the upper class due to the sense that they gain 'rise through the ranks' e.g. ", but you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see...there is room at the top, they are telling you still" - AlKing464 12:37, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Additionally, it doesn't make sense to say that a neighborhood is "one of the most affluent" areas of Liverpool, and at the same time to describe it as "middle class." It can't be both.

But more importantly, there is no irony here in any case. John wasn't claiming to be a hero either from or to the working classes. He was talking about the place of the "working class" in the popular imagination.

All very well, guys, but I'm afraid your own opinions/interpretations don't beong in a Wikipedia article. For any of these arguments to remain in the article you must provide citations from reliable, published works to support them - see The Beatles article for a related example of sourcing. With all the work on John Lennon around, it shouldn't be too difficult to find but if that isn't provided then the interpretions will be deleted as time goes on. Cheers, Ian Rose 08:48, 11 February 2007 (UTC)


Mr. Rose, the content that is currently in the article is no less opinion and interpretation than what some of us are suggesting. The article assumes a contentious (and rather idiotic) interpretation of the song when it claims that Lennon's affluent background is a source of irony. If you think that interpretations of the song need to be cited and sourced, why doesn't your rule apply to that interpretation? The article also suggests that perhaps Lennon saw himself as a hero to the working class rather than from it. That might be true (though I doubt it) but in any case, that interpretation is not sourced or cited either. Perhaps the whole issue of Lennon's social class should simply not be addressed in this article.

Additionally, it is not a "matter of interpretation" that describing a neighborhood as "one of the most affluent"areas of Liverpool is incompatible with calling it "middle class." That's a matter of logic, not interpretation.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 65.78.24.43 (talk) 16:59, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

My anonymous friend, we may be in violent agreement - 'my' rule applies most particularly to the source of irony you mention, and to the third and fourth paras in general. The issue of "affluent" vs. "middle class" is secondary. However rather than removing those paras wholesale, I've tagged the article as unsourced, because it should be expanded and could well include info along similar lines, provided it can be attributed to reliable sources and is not simply the thoughts of a Wikipedia editor (see Wikipedia:No original research). Cheers, Ian Rose 21:27, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

I would like it noted that, if Liverpool at the time consisted primarily of the 'middle class', then it is entirely possible for some to be more wealthy than others, unless you suggest that everyone given a certain class label has exactly the same level of prosperity. That you mightn't describe them as affluent in the absolute does not prohibit them from being 'more affluent', much the same way that a short person can still be taller than another short person. Regardless, I think tagging the article as unsourced is appropriate. A little investigation has revealed that Lennon's interview with Red Mole contains relevant info - 124.168.174.235 05:36, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

Fair enough. If Liverpool is a largely middle-class city, then it can make sense to describe some neighborhood within it as "one of the most affluent." But without that sort of background information, to call the neighborhood "affluent" is misleading. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.30.11.160 (talk) 13:24, 16 February 2007 (UTC).

You know; I did my teacher training placement in a primary school in the Wirrall and Liverpool is no more or less affluent than any other large northern English city: Liverpool is not and never was a predominently middle-class city though. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wangpangu (talkcontribs) 10:30, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Moved all the unsourced analyses from the article[edit]

"One might find irony..." "It could be argued... " "Allegedly ..." "One common interpretation is ..." [who?][who?][who?] --91.148.159.4 00:59, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

One might find irony in the fact that Lennon grew up in Woolton, which is one of the most affluent and middle-class areas of Liverpool. However, it could be argued that Lennon is singing about being his status - that of being a hero to the working-class, rather than being a hero who is working class. Furthermore, Lennon's father Alfred "Freddie" Lennon was a merchant seaman, so in spite of John's relatively privileged upbringing, his roots were undoubtedly working-class.

Allegedly, many of the lyrics derive from his time during Primal Therapy and stem from his acceptance of life as opposed to the continual fight against it that society expects.

One other common interpretation of the lyrics is that of satire. He is saying in his lyrics that essentially no matter how hard you try to be what society wants which is a working class hero, it will never be good enough.

Fair use rationale for Image:JLPOBCover.jpg[edit]

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Fair use rationale for image and employment in this article added to Image:JLPOBCover.jpg. Cheers, Ian Rose 11:15, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Green day working class hero.jpg[edit]

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Green Day's Music Video[edit]

there are several "raw clips" of the working class hero music video. what does that mean?--Greenday21 (talk) 16:10, 21 April 2008 (UTC)Greenday21

On the song[edit]

I added a brief description of the music (chords and production), as a start. Does anyone want to look at it and see if it can be improved? Dan engstrom (talk) 17:35, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

It reads fine to me, however everything in Wikipedia needs to be sourced and cited. At the moment this info would be classed as original research because it comments on the style without citation from a reliable source. Even information that may appear perfectly obvious to those with the requisite knowledge needs citation, so please provide a source from a book or journal that backs up this info. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 21:08, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

Thanks Ian, have done now. Even though it would be cool to have original research credited to me on the subject of John Lennon  :-), I got rid of the part that is useful but my interpretation and not really encyclopedia material. Dan engstrom (talk) 13:19, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Working Class Hero/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

Working Class Hero came out the year I was born. It was a song I grew up with. I am not familiar with your reasons because I am from a working class background myself as John Lennon was by the way to answer your previous debate. What I fail to understand would be why you feel what I said was is any way wrong at all and deeemed to be deleted by people who in all honesty have no knowledge or identity with this record. If this is a wikipedia you should clearly identify your reasons to me as a working class guy not to comment on a song I knew from the day I was born.
  • The page has not been deleted...what was deleted were pages you created in the wrong name space...please read the welcome message on your talk page. Go over wikipedia guidelines for editing... benjicharlton (talk) 02:09, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

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