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Working Class Hero Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: Harlan L Thompson 

Edited in July 2015 by maguri
- chords for the whole song
- tab for main "riff"
-  Am G  D Am chords for second line of chorus
 


STRUMMING PATTERN:
On the Am, hit the base string (A), then strum a bit.  Then hit the open 
D string and hammer onto the second fret, strum a bit more, and repeat ad 
nauseum.  The D chords in paranetheses I sometimes add for 
variety, but they don't actually exist on the album.


MAIN "RIFF" 
Whatever your strumming pattern may be, try to include this basic riff:

  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +  
  Am                       Am
e|----0---0-------0---0---|----0---0-------0---0---|
B|----1---1-------1---1---|----1---1-------1---1---|
G|----2---2-------2---2---|----2---2-------2---2---|
D|----2---2----0h2--------|----2---2----0h2--------|
A|0-----------------------|0-----------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|

(from Plastic Ono Band, 1970)
(sent by Harlan at harlant@hawaii.edu)



WORKING CLASS HERO- John Lennon

   Am                       G             Am
As soon as you're born they make you feel small
   Am                    G          Am
By giving you no time instead of it all
         Am                      G          Am
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
  Am                    G            Am
A working class hero is something to be
  Am            G       D            Am
A working class hero is something to be


     Am                        G          Am
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
     Am                                 G         Am
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
            Am                         G            Am
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules
  Am                    G            Am
A working class hero is something to be
  Am            G       D            Am
A working class hero is something to be


             Am                          G          Am
When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Am                      G        Am
Then they expect you to pick a career
         Am                           G          Am
When you can't really function you're so full of fear
  Am                    G            Am
A working class hero is something to be
  Am            G       D            Am
A working class hero is something to be


         Am                      G         Am
Keep you doped with religion and sex and T.V.
        Am                         G             Am
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
           Am                        G            Am
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
  Am                    G            Am
A working class hero is something to be
  Am            G       D            Am
A working class hero is something to be


        Am                       G           Am
There's room at the top they are telling you still
    Am                          G            Am
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
       Am                  G            Am
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
  Am                    G            Am
A working class hero is something to be
  Am            G       D            Am
A working class hero is something to be


       Am                     G           Am
If you want to be a hero well just follow me
       Am                     G           D          Am
If you want to be a hero well just follow me
                                        (break)





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Bartholomew wrote on June 17 2007, 09:59 pm

On the second line of each chorus, the chord progression is actually AM G D Am. Also, the song ends with Am G D.

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RockinTheIbanez wrote on August 10 2007, 03:00 pm

Bartholomew is right.

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