♫ Eve of Destruction ♫

Tonight, as I write, this nation is no longer a democracy, no longer the nation it once was.  I am filled with angst, as I know many of you are.  This song that I have already played back a few months ago, speaks for me.

Released in 1965, this song was an anti-government protest against racism, hypocrisy and injustice at a volatile time in American history.  Sound familiar?  I’m really surprised that this song hasn’t made a huge comeback in the past year or so, for it is every bit as apropos today as it was 50+ years ago.  In some ways, the issues today are different, but in other ways … not so much.  Today, instead of Vietnam we have climate change and a clown in the Oval Office, Brexit and election manipulation.  Racism is still alive and well, but today we have no Martin Luther King.  Hypocrisy?  Oh yeah, in spades, my friends.  And Injustice is the name of the game here and around the world.  I could name 100 reasons that this song is as relevant today as it was then. Different faces, same ol’ song. 😢

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
Eve of Destruction lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

28 thoughts on “♫ Eve of Destruction ♫

  1. You know that I love this song, as I said the two previous times you have featured it…it is every bit as relevant today as it was in 1965 and one never tires of hearing it. However, I must yet again chide you for missing another lost soul’s day. Marvin Gaye, as you most likely know, was murdered by his Father on this day in 1984. One day before his 45th birthday. Now, in the interest of fairness, it is possible that you have planned on featuring one of Marvin’s songs for his 80th birthday tomorrow and I am a bit premature in my taking you to task. Be that the case, my humble apologies are offered. Some suggestions, as it is quite possible that is not the case, would include the song “You Are Everything” from the 1973 Diana & Marvin duets album. Or you might consider the beautiful tribute song for Marvin Gaye written by Lionel Ritchie, “Missing You”, that is on Diana’s Sept. 1984 Swept Away album. Total aside…but the duet “All of You” with Julio Iglesias is on that same album. Until tomorrow then! Thank-you!

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    • I’ve done “Eve of Destruction” two previous times??? I thought this was only the second time. Oh well … you’re sure to see it again, too, along with John Lennon’s “Imagine”. No, you weren’t premature in taking me to task … sigh. I am hopeless, aren’t I? Well, check out today’s music post and hopefully I will regain at least a modicum of something-or-other in your eyes! 😉

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    • I am amazed that you don’t know this one, for it was a mainstay in the 60s … but then, you are younger than me. I will likely be playing it again, along with John Lennon’s “Imagine”, for they just seem so fitting for the times we are living in. Hugs!!!

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  2. I believe this song will continue to come round in cycles as long as we have leaders who won’t legislate to end any of the things blatantly wrong with the world today. We have to get rid of injustice based on colour or creed. Racism has no place in the world, sexism should have had it’s day since we have the laws about the equality between the sexes. There needs to be gun control in America and he police must be held liable for police killings with racial overtones. If we must hate then let us hate the NRA, the KKK and all the Neo Nazi movements in the world.Those movements thy call Populist which are just Nazi by another name.We must press people to make their faith a personal thing which is not to be used to pressure other people to comply with it’s rules.We must work to end State Religions in order to ensure people can follow whatever religion, or none, that is their choice. Tolerance must be the order of the day everywhere. We must not only learn to love the planet, we must treat it with respect now in order to improve it’s chances of being able to support our generations to follow. This must happen NOW or we will kill the chances of man surviving at all and leave Earth to the cockroach.
    Cwtch

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    • Destroy capitalism, and you will destroy most of the wrongs of society. Make money meaningless, and you destroy capitalism. If you are religious, do as Jesus did and chase out the moneylenders, moneymakers, etc. Their world is not made for human life, it is made only for them. The rest of us are just chattel, or cattle. Without our cooperation they cannot exist.

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        • Cuz everyone looks at the already rich, and says, that’s what I want. If they had no one rich to envy, they would be more willing to share. But that is just me. Even though we are leaving this planet, I still believe most of us are good at heart.

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          • But … I’m still in the dark … WHY is it what they want? I can look at the already-rich, but I don’t want what they have. In fact, I think I would be uncomfortable with all that money and would probably be building tiny homes for the homeless, not knowing what else to do with it.

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    • Your words express my own feelings, but it seems that we are straying ever further from equality, from respect for life, from caring about others and the planet. Just this morning I read about a killing in California … a man was asleep in his car … a black man, naturally … and 6 police officers fired some 25 bullets into him. He wasn’t even awake!!! We are heading in the wrong direction, and it seems we are destined to leave the earth for the cockroaches sooner or later. I don’t know whether I’m more sad or mad … both, I suppose.
      Cwtch

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