Barry McGuire is the singer of this song called Eve of Destruction.
It was released in July of 1965.
None of his other songs were as popular as this one.
The overall message in this song is go against the governments decisions on Vietnam and at home. The verses refer to the war, nuclear war, and racial tension.
The lyrics relate to many American fears and problems that include the Vietnam War, the Cold War and race relations in America.
The year this song was released, American involvement in Vietnam was increasing along with the number of troops, also in 1965 were the riots in Watts, Los Angeles which lasted over 4 days due to the poor race relations.
McGuire recorded this song because he felt the human race was heading towards an nonreturnable end with the wars like the Vietnam War and the looming threat of nuclear weapons that would destroy the earth. He also believed that human respect was disappearing as racial tension around the US was really bad.
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.