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Sing Along with Brownielocks and The 3 Bears
to

Eve of Destruction
Written by P.F. Sloan  Performed by Barry McGuire

 

 

The eastern world, it is explodiní.
Violence flariní, bullets loadiní.
Youíre old enough to kill, but not for votiní.
You donít believe in war, but whatís that gun youíre totiní?
And, even the Jordan River has bodies floatiní.

But ya tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend...
Ah, you donít believe
Weíre on the eve
of destruction?

Donít ya understand what Iím tryiní to say?
Canít you feel the fears Iím feeliní today?
If the button is pushed, thereís no runniní away.
Thereíll be no one to save, with the world in a grave.
Take a look around you boy.
Itís bound to scare you boy.

But ya tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend...
Ah, you donít believe
Weíre on the eve
of destruction?

Yeah, my bloodís so mad feels like coagulatiní.
Iím sitting here just contemplatiní.
You canít twist  the truth, it knows no regulation.
Handful of senators donít pass legislation.
And marches alone canít bring integration.
When human respect is disintegratiní,
This whole crazy world is just too frustratiní.

But ya tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend...
Ah, you donít believe
Weíre on the eve
of destruction?

Think of all the hate there is in Red China.
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama.
You may leave here for 4 days in space,
But when you return, itís the same old place.
The poundiní of the drum, the pride and disgrace.
You can bury your dead, but donít leave a trace.
Hate your next-door neighbor, but donít forget to say grace.

AndÖ tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
You donít believe
Weíre on the eve
Of destruction?
Mm, no no, you donít believe
Weíre on the eve
of destruction!

Note: For those of you who are too young to know.
During the Viet Nam Conflict, 18 year olds were not
allowed to vote.  But they could be drafted to go
fight for their country.  Many felt (including me)
that this wasn't fair.  They were not allowed to
vote for the  members of Congress who were sending
them off to kill and die? This is the reason for the one line
in the song referencing they can't vote but they can kill.
So Barry McGuire inserted  his political statement  in this song.
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart actually started a
"LUV" campaign (LET US VOTE) and we finally did win!
In 1971 I believe 18 years old won the right to vote.
In 1971, I was 21 and by that time for me it didn't matter.
But we fought for all future generations, which means YOU!

Wave File compliments of Becky Villa.

 

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