Working Class Hero Redux

July 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm (Uncategorized) ()

I was just re-reading Sunday’s post about former OSSTF leader Ken Coran’s decision to run for the political party which until recently he had nothing but scorn for. The post was entitled “Ken Coran: A Working Class Hero is Something to be,” but given the content of the post the title is ambiguous. So let me clarify.¬† Lennon’s song deals with how the working class are socialized into capitalist society and describes how control is achieved. As a union leader,who negotiated contracts, haggled over the sale of labour power, and enforced the rule of capital, Ken Coran ad his like are of a different sort.

Here are the lyrics to Lennon’s song:

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

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 fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules
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

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be

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

A working class hero is something to be
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

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