Green Day Working Class Hero

Green Day has released a music video for “Working Class Hero” as part of the Instant Karma project. The politically-charged song by John Lennon is used to highlight the plight of people caught in the genocide occurring in Darfur, Sudan. Green Day’s music appears alongside emotional accounts of horror from survivors.

Green Day music video

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.

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 To raise even more money for Darfur, Green Day have designed a limited-edition “Working Class Hero” t-shirt available soon at Hard Rock Cafe.

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube

The music video includes accounts from survivors of the Darfur conflict. One talks about seeing his father killed in front of his eyes. They talk about perpetrators raping women “What they r doing at this time is existing. We need peace.” The refugees plea for UN peacekeepers to be sent to protect civilians, and for people everywhere to speak up for the people of Darfur.

Darfur refugees in Green Day music video


The Green Day Working Class Hero music video was directed by Samuel Bayer via HSI Productions, commissioned by WarnerBros Records. WarnerBros released released raw footage from the music on YouTube in the week before the video was launched on MTV and YouTube.

Bayer and team filmed the video in black and white, trying to keep the spirit of John Lennon’s 1968 sit in footage. Read some of the background to the making of the video at Popwatch.

Green Day - Working Class Hero - Working Class Hero

Lyrics for Working Class Hero

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**king 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**king peasants as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.

Click on the image below to play the John Lennon music video for Working Class Hero

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.

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  • Carool

    I looooveeeeeeeeee Green day!
    My favorite Band!

  • shashi

    i love the greendaay
    i love this band.

  • Billie Joe Lover

    I Love Green Day!!!
    Billie Joe is HOT and SEXY!!!
    I Love Billie Joe!!!

  • sasha

    i love working class hero! i have a shirt from hard rock caffe! love green day and your wife and um…. speedy:)))

  • jibbers

    im doing this song for a music prodject

  • green life

    hey, sobody can tell me the names of green day ? who is who?? i love them SO MUTCH!!

  • greeny

    i love green day and im posessed with them. i love billie joe armstrong so much. he is the sexyest man on the whole ready to travel miles and miles for hours to see them on stage for a precious hour or two. GREEN DAY4EVER AND EVER

  • greeny

    i just want to se my heroes-green day. is there any chance that green day come in croatia some day????

  • greeny

    billie joe armstrong-vocal,lead guitar
    mike dirnt-bass,background vocal
    tre cool-drumms,backgound vocal

  • BJ

    I love GD… I love this song ’cause I cry when I listen it… It’s the only song that can make this effect on me.

  • GreenDayJr.

    Green Day will never grow old.

  • emanuela

    green day are the best!!!!!!!!!!! billie joe ti amoooooo!!!!!!! siete tt grandi x sempre, voi nn morirete mai!!!!!!!!

  • anny_anny909

    i love billie joe and green day…ooh god its cool…billie joe is so sexy

  • ivete lidia

    debo decir que es mi grupo faborito y que tiene unos temas de buenos y que todo el mundo entero deberia escucharlo son buenisimos tocando en especial la bateria a mi me gusta la bateria y tambien la guitarra espero que algun dia bengan aca lo que es BOLIVIA son geniales muchachos y sigo con la esperanza de que vendran atte: ivete