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WORKING CLASS HERO

                         by John Lennon
             from the album "Plastic Ono Band," 1970

This riff is both the intro and the fill between the vocals:

    Am

e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----1-1-1-1-------1-1-1-1-------1-1-1-1-------1-1-1-1--------|
G|-----2-2-2-2-------2-2-2-2-------2-2-2-2-------2-2-2-2--------|
D|-----2-2-2-2---0-2-2-2-2-2-------2-2-2-2---0-2-2-2-2-2--------|
A|--0---------------------------0-------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|


Here's the first verse and refrain:

    Am                        G              Am

e|----------------------------3---3-3-3-3-----------------------|
B|-----1-1-1-1-------1-1-1-1--0---0-0-0-0--------1-1-1-1--------|
G|-----2-2-2-2-------2-2-2-2--0---0-0-0-0--------2-2-2-2--------|
D|-----2-2-2-2---0-2-2-2-2-2--0---0-0-0-0--------2-2-2-2--------|
A|--0-------------------------2---2-2-2-2----0------------------|
E|----------------------------3---3-3-3-3-----------------------|

 As soon as yer  born, they   make you feel  small
 By giving you   no time in-  stead of it    all

    Am                        Em              Am

e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----1-1-1-1-------1-1-1-1---------------------1-1-1-1--------|
G|-----2-2-2-2-------2-2-2-2---------------------2-2-2-2--------|
D|-----2-2-2-2---0-2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2--------2-2-2-2--------|
A|--0-------------------------2-2-2-2-2-2----0------------------|
E|----------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-----------------------|

Til the
    pain is so   big you feel nothing at     all

    Am                        G              Am

e|----------------------------3---3-3-3-3-----------------------|
B|-----1-1-1-1-------1-1-1-1--0---0-0-0-0--------1-1-1-1--------|
G|-----2-2-2-2-------2-2-2-2--0---0-0-0-0--------2-2-2-2--------|
D|-----2-2-2-2---0-2-2-2-2-2--0---0-0-0-0--------2-2-2-2--------|
A|--0-------------------------2---2-2-2-2----0------------------|
E|----------------------------3---3-3-3-3-----------------------|

 A working class hero is      somethin' to   be

     Am             G             D           Am

e|------------------3---3-3-3-3---2---2-2-2---------------------|
B|----1---1-1-1-1---0---0-0-0-0---3---3-3-3-------1-1-1-1-------|
G|----2---2-2-2-2---0---0-0-0-0---2---2-2-2-------2-2-2-2-------|
D|----2---2-2-2-2---0---0-0-0-0---0---0-0-0-------2-2-2-2-------|
A|------------------2---2-2-2-2----------------0----------------|
E|------------------3---3-3-3-3---------------------------------|

 A   working class  hero is       somethin' to be

That's every verse, except for the very last line, when he ends
it on a very faint D chord, then resolves to an A minor:

     Am                          G             D

e|-------------------------------3---3-3-3-3---2-------|
B|--------1-1-1-1-------1-1-1-1--0---0-0-0-0---3-------|
G|--------2-2-2-2-------2-2-2-2--0---0-0-0-0---2-------|
D|--------2-2-2-2---0-2-2-2-2-2--0---0-0-0-0---0-------|
A|----0--------------------------2---2-2-2-2-----------|
E|-------------------------------3---3-3-3-3-----------|

if ya want to be a hero then     just follow   me...

     Am

e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---1------------1---------------------------------------------|
G|---2------------2---------------------------------------------|
D|---2------------2---------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------0--------------------------------------------------|

The open E note is a loud pluck, and play that last Am chord
close to the bridge of the guitar and get that tinny, stiff
sound.

Actually, my strumming patterns are approximations; go with
whatever you hear or whatever strumming pattern sounds best.  Enjoy...


[Verse 1]

As soon as you're born, they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
'Til the pain is so big you feel nothing at all


[Refrain]

A working class hero is somethin' to be
A working class hero is somethin' to be


[Verse 2]

They hurt you at home, and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever, and they despise a fool
'Til you're so f*cking crazy you can't follow their rules


[Refrain]

A working class hero is somethin' to be
A working class hero is somethin' to be


[Verse 3]

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years
They they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear


[Refrain]

A working class hero is somethin' to be
A working class hero is somethin' to be


[Verse 4]

Keep you doped with religion, sex, and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still f*cking peasants as far as I can see


[Refrain]

A working class hero is somethin' to be
A working class hero is somethin' to be


[Verse 5]

There's room at the top, they are tellin' you still
But first you must learn to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill


[Refrain]

A working class hero is somethin' to be
A working class hero is somethin' to be

If you want to be a hero then just follow me
If you want to be a hero then just follow me...

            
            
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jameshendrix 10 Feb 14, 2006 10:37 AM

Great tab man! Keep on rockin'!

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jaxtheaxe 10 Mar 17, 2006 05:33 AM

thanks nice tab :D

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Sailor_no1 10 Sep 30, 2006 02:38 PM

amazing song!

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