Eve of Destruction

My music choices these days seem to run to protest songs … the other night I couldn’t get Joan Baez’ The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down out of my head, and then tonight, as I was responding to comments, writing my post about Trump unleashed on the UK, and answering email, I found myself humming Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction.  I hesitated to share this one, for it isn’t a happy, upbeat cheery song.  But, it is reflective of how I feel tonight, and therefore it is honest and genuine … something this country could use a lot more of.  So, without further ado, and with a promise to be cheerier on the morrow, I give you Barry McGuire …

Eve of Destruction
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.

Songwriters: P. F. Sloan, 1965
Eve of Destruction lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

23 thoughts on “Eve of Destruction

  1. Good songs. As Billy Joel sang “We didn’t start the fire.” This too will pass, but we must rally against the mindless tyranny that has crept up on us over time. We must call out not just the ringleader, but the sycophants in Congress who seem to have misplaced both their conscience and backbone. How low must they let our country go before the act and I don’t mean indicting or accusing people trying to get to the truth.

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  2. You must be eavesdropping! I was just playing my old vinyl Jan and Dean’s Folk ‘n Roll album on Wednesday…their version of “Eve of Destruction” is on it. During my first year of nursing school, my boyfriend from high school gave it to me. The album survived; he died in the Vietnam War. I could not listen to this album for many years. To this day, this song still has the power to bring me to tears. What started my listening to this album again is another story, that I shall attempt to keep short. I was referred by a friend to the Duncan Stuart video of his “Trump Eve of Destruction” that was released on Feb. 3, 2017. Strangely, it was done in one take just like the Barry McGuire version. It needed some fine tuning, but I don’t know if he ever did so. Hope that you can find it, you will appreciate the truth of it. Thank-you! P.S. My propensity for loquacity can be annoying…hence, my son always says to give him “the edited version”! Thus you deserve another Thank-you!

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    • The start of your comment was so sad, My high school boyfriend was also in Vietnam, but he made it back safely, though we broke up shortly after. I did find the video and have bookmarked it to watch a bit later after I get caught up on responding to comments, for I spent the day doing housework and now I’m behind 😉 Thanks for pointing me to it!

      Your propensity for loquacity is charming and I always feel as if we’re having a chat, so don’t change a thing!

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      • He gave me a beautiful little emerald set in 14 kt gold that he called a “promise ring”. He promised that when he came home…we would become engaged, get married, have many children and live happily ever after. The promise was never to be fulfilled. On special occasions, I wear the ring. Total aside, have you watched the recommended video?

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        • Awwwww … that’s heart-wrenching! Yes, I did find and watch the video! I love it … am debating possibly working it into a post sometime soon, but I’m not sure yet. Definitely spot-on!

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is how it’s felt to me since Nov. 9, 2016!!
    ‘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.’
    EVE OF DESTRUCTION …

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