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Green Day Lennon

Oh, I’m in heaven. Billie Joe Armstrong sings “Working Class Hero.” I heard the whole song for the first time last week.
Here’s a short teaser video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoiEZbEm3JA[/youtube]

As soon as you’re born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool,
Till you’re so f*cking crazy you can’t follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and 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,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There’s room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like all the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

Like Cindy Lauper’s version of “Strawberry Fields,” and Alanis Morrisette’s “Dear Prudence” (see below) – this is better than the original.

Instant Karma: The Campaign To Save Darfur is Amnesty International’s new Make Some Noise campaign. In the spirit of peace high profile artists such as Green Day, U2, Black Eyed Peas, Snow Patrol, Postal Service, Regina Spektor and more are coming together in one tribute album covering songs by John Lennon. Proceeds from this album go to aid Amnesty International in the fight to Save Darfur, Sudan. The music video for Green Day will be premiered on MTV and iTunes on 5/30. Proceeds from your purchase of the video in iTunes will also go towards the fight. For more info on the album and the cause go to www.instantkarma.org.

You might also like to check out Come Together – A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music.

It was performed – as planned – in New York a few weeks after 9/11.

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