Ball Of Confusion By The Temptations

Greatest Hits II

1970 | Soul

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“Eve of destruction, tax deduction. -- City inspectors, bill collectors. -- Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand. -- Suicide too many bills, hippies movin' to the hills. -- People all over the world are shouting end the war, and the band played on."


  • The song hit #3 on the Billboard Pop Chart and #2 on theBillboard R&B charts. Billboard also ranked the record as the #24 song of 1970.
  • The song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong with instrumentation by The Funk Brothers.
  • A nearly eleven minute long backing track was recorded for the song but little more than four minutes was used ultimately.


Luke Tatum

The year was 1970. The Temptations wrote "Politicians say more taxes will solve everything," reaching wide audiences with their message. Their meaning is clear--taxes will not solve everything. Politicians have failed us. The wars have gone on too long, and we're sick of it. Fast forward to the current day. It's 2019. People are more asleep, more drugged up, more apathetic about wars, and the situation is objectively worse than it was back then. What happened?

Sherry Voluntary

Anyone who can’t appreciate the smooth harmonies of The Temptations is just nuts!

Ball of confusion is right! In this world there is a lot of bewilderment, pressures, violence, prejudice, and the list goes on and on. What I noticed about the issues brought up in the song is that most of them are caused by or made worse by government. The lives of people would be much improved by the elimination of it. Too bad so many look to government to solve the problem of government.

Nicky P

This song came out just under 50 years ago and believe it or not there are hose of us still clinging to hope that maybe everyone asleep as the world burns in war will suddenly wake up. Sadly the opiates they use now are stronger and there are even fewer of us that seem to care. Basically just the libertarians and maybe 3 lefty journalists. I'm being hyperbolic of course but it's a bit disheartening to think that we're in even more wars after almost 50 years. As the song suggests it is nothing but confusion and sadly the band does play on.

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