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Working Class Hero Chords And Strumming, John Lennon

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Did You Know? The John Lennon wrote Working Class Hero about how working class people are being process into the middle classes, into 'the machine'.  To get the perfect take of the song, John Lennon recorded it over 100 times. 

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm:  Yellow Pick 

Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick (White Pick when played with Django chords only)

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Working Class Hero Chords And Strumming, John Lennon

Django Chords:  

Django A Chord

Django G Chord

Django D Chord


Key: Am

Strumming:

"The Waltz Steps":

|D    D U D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                       |


Tempo:

159 bpm

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Intro -

|A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |


Verse 1 -

||A - - |A - - |G - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - ||x3

 

As (A)soon as you're (A)born they (G)make you feel small (A) (A) (A) (A)
By (A)giving you (A)no time in(G)stead of it all (A) (A) (A) (A)
Till the (A)pain is so (A)big you feel (G)nothing at all (A) (A) (A) (A)


Chorus -

|A - - |A - - |G - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |

|A - - |G - - |D - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |


A (A)working class (A)hero is some(G)thing to be (A) (A) (A) (A)
A (A)working class (G)hero is some(D)thing to be (A) (A) (A) (A)


Verse 2 -

||A - - |A - - |G - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - ||x3


They (A)hurt you at (A)home and they (G)hit you at school (A) (A) (A) (A)
They (A)hate you if you're (A)clever and they (G)despise a fool (A) (A) (A) (A)
Till you're (A)so fucking (A)crazy you can't (G)follow their rules (A) (A) (A) (A)


Chorus 


Verse 3 -

||A - - |A - - |G - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - ||x2


When they've (A)tortured and (A)scared you for (G)twenty-odd years (A) (A) (A) (A)
(A)Then they ex(A)pect you to (G)pick a career (A) (A) (A) (A)

When you (A)can't really (A)function you're so (G)full of fear (A) (A) (A) (A)


Chorus 


Verse 4 -

||A - - |A - - |G - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - ||x3


Keep you (A)doped with re(A)ligion and (G)sex and TV (A) (A) (A) (A)
And you (A)think you're so (A)clever and (G)classless and free (A) (A) (A) (A)
But you're (A)still fucking (A)peasants as far as (G)I can see (A) (A) (A) (A)

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Chorus 


Verse 5 -

||A - - |A - - |G - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - ||x3


There's (A)room at the top (A)they're telling you (G)still (A) (A) (A) (A)
But (A)first you must (A)learn how to (G)smile as you kill (A) (A) (A) (A)
If (A)you want to (A)be like the (G)folks on the hill (A) (A) (A) (A)


Chorus 


Ending 

|A - - |A - - |G - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - |

|A - - |A - - |G - - |D - - |A

 

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

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Final Chord Strum: A

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Working Class Hero Chords And Strumming - John Lennon

Open Chords:  

Am, G & D


Key: Am


Tempo:

159 bpm

Strumming:

"The Waltz Steps":

|D    D U D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                       |


Techniques:

Open Hammer-On

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Intro -

 ||Riff A |Riff B ||

e||   0000|   0000||

b||   1111|   1111||

g||   2222|   2222||

d||   2222|0h22222||

a||0       |         ||

e||         |         || x2

  (1  2&3&/1&2&3&)

Verse 1 -

||Am - - |Am - - |G - - |Riff A|Riff B|Riff A|Riff B||x3

 

As (Am)soon as you're (Am)born they (G)make you feel small (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
By (Am)giving you (Am)no time in(G)stead of it all (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B) Till the (Am)pain is so (Am)big you feel (G)nothing at all (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)


Chorus -

|Am - - |Am - - |G - - |Riff A|Riff B|Riff A|Riff B|

|Am - - |G - - |D - - |Riff A|Riff B|Riff A|Riff B|


A (Am)working class (Am)hero is some(G)thing to be (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
A (Am)working class (G)hero is some(D)thing to be (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)


Verse 2 -

||Am - - |Am - - |G - - |Riff A|Riff B|Riff A|Riff B||x3


They (Am)hurt you at (Am)home and they (G)hit you at school (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
They (Am)hate you if you're (Am)clever and they (G)despise a fool (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
Till you're (Am)so fucking (Am)crazy you can't (G)follow their rules (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)


Chorus 


Verse 3 -

||Am - - |Am - - |G - - |Riff A|Riff B|Riff A|Riff B||x2


When they've (Am)tortured and (Am)scared you for (G)twenty-odd years (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
(Am)Then they ex(Am)pect you to (G)pick a career (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B) 

When you (Am)can't really (Am)function you're so (G)full of fear (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)


Chorus 


Verse 4 -

||Am - - |Am - - |G - - |Riff A|Riff B|Riff A|Riff B||x3


Keep you (Am)doped with re(Am)ligion and (G)sex and TV (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
And you (Am)think you're so (Am)clever and (G)classless and free (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
But you're (Am)still fucking (Am)peasants as far as (G)I can see (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)

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Chorus 


Verse 5 -

||Am - - |Am - - |G - - |Riff A|Riff B|Riff A|Riff B||x3


There's (Am)room at the top (Am)they're telling you (G)still (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
But (Am)first you must (Am)learn how to (G)smile as you kill (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)
If (Am)you want to (Am)be like the (G)folks on the hill (Riff A) (Riff B) (Riff A) (Riff B)


Chorus 


Ending 

|Am - - |Am - - |G - - |Riff A|Riff B|Riff A|Riff B|

|Am - - |Am - - |G - - |D - - |Am

 

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

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Final Chord Strum: Am

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