100 Days Project

Ben: 100 Writings / 100 Opening Guitar Hooks

various, random creative expressions / writings, inspired partially by 100 popular songs (songs that somewhat begin with a leading hook of a guitar.)

Day 61:

“Working Class Hero” (1971) by John Lennon

“Working Class Hero” (1971) by John Lennon


I have middle class friends.
They are genial and enjoyable.
But they never did a paper run when they were young.
I’d never mention that.
Proud. Smug. Quiet.

We drink together.
We drink the same beer.
But I know they’ve never been on a building site before.
Their feet knee-high in mud.
They only wear neon to ride their bicycle.
They’ve never seen the skeleton of an office block.
The green before it’s concreted.
A gutted house.
“Yeah, bro”

Going to the jewellery store
Is a luxury – once in a blue moon.
His wife goes there every Wednesday.
I don’t care much for the diamond.
I’m but more fascinated by the mining.
My wife’s necklace, every Passover, is precious.
Your wife’s necklace, every Wednesday – overkill.
We both know money is important
But I’ll buy my own, thank you.
Proud. Smug. Quiet.

I get up and go.
Everyday.
They work sitting down.
I’m not a burgher
I don’t understand numbers
But I’m a man of action
And they are men of thinking.
I don’t mind, one bit.

He wears cologne with a German name
A pink tie.
Blinding shoes.
I haven’t shaved since 2003.

They do not like the smell of my cigarettes.
I do not like the smell of that vermouth.

They are too fast and have lost their ideals of a simple life.

He remembers his father when he saw him yesterday.
I remember when my father hit me, then left us.
His mother has antique kitchen utensils.
My mother ate with her fat hands.
“He should’ve passed the ball at the last minute.”
“Yeah, bro.”
Proud. Smug. Quiet.