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Published on Oct 14, 2010
Barry Mcguire performs his hit Eve of Destruction on the NBC music show Hullabaloo (1965). The song was written by P. F. Sloan in 1965 when he was 19. Several artists have recorded it, but the best-known version was by Barry McGuire. The song is as relevant now as it was then, perhaps even more so.
lyrics: The eastern world it is exploding Violence flarin', bullets loadin' You're old enough to kill but not for votin' You don't believe in war but what's that gun you're totin' And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin'
But you tell me Over and over and over again my friend Ah you don't believe We're on the eve of destruction
Don't you understand what I'm trying to say? Can't you feel the fears I'm feeling today? If the button is pushed there's no running away There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave Take a look around you boy It's bound to scare you boy
And you tell me Over and over and over again my friend Ah you don't believe We're on the eve of destruction
Yeah my blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin' I'm sitting here just contemplatin' I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation And a handful of senators don't pass legislation And marches alone can't bring integration When human respect is disintegratin' This whole crazy world is just too frustratin'
And you tell me Over and over and over again my friend Ah you don't believe We're on the eve of destruction.
Ah think of all the hate there is in Red China Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama You may leave here for four days in space But when you return it's the same old place The pounding of the drums the pride and disgrace You can bury your dead but don't leave a trace Hate your next-door neighbor but don't forget to say grace
And tell me over and over and over and over again my friend You don't believe We're on the eve of destruction Ah, no you don't believe We're on the eve of destruction