By Noir Désir
This is a great version, in my opinion. A little less pathos and more anger and defiance. As a song, it's filled with ambivalence of course. "As soon as you're born they make you feel small . . . they hurt you at home and hit you school , they hate you if you're clever and despise the fool" gives way to: "You think you're so clever and classless and free, but you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see." It's interesting who has covered this song, at least as posted on YouTube. Other popular versions are by Marianne Faithful, Cyndi Lauper, and Green Day. It seems like it would be hard to be a poseur and perform this song.