Eve Of Destruction By: Barry Mcguire

The eastern world, it is explodin',

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?

And 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 sittin' here, just contemplatin',

I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation,

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.

Think of all the hate there is in Red China!

Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama!

Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,

But when your return, it's the same old place,

The poundin' 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 you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,

You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

No, no, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

1.) Who is the artist?

Barry McGuire.

2.) What is the name of the Song?

Eve of Destruction.

3.) When was it recorded/released?

1965.

4.) What other (if any) famous songs do they sing?

The Sins Of a Family Fall On The Daughter, Call Me Home, Ain't No Way I'm Gonna Change My Mind.

5.) What do you think the lyrics of the song mean? (Line by line, verse by verse)

"old enough to kill, not able to vote" this is saying that the kids are even 18, which is way to young to have to go through the loss of friends and the horrors of war.

6.) How do they relate to or reflect the time period?

People going to war and having to handle the tragedies of war when they are only like 16 or 17.

7.) What is taking place in history when the song was recorded or popular?

Vietnam war and Selma.

8.) What was the overall inspiration and message of the lyrics of the song?

That there are a lot of events going on around the world and too many lives being lost.

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