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The eastern world, it is exploding
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 tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
[Take a look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya 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 sitting 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
You may leave here for 4 days in space
But when you 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… tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
You don’t believe
We’re on the eve
Of destruction
Mm, no no, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve
Of destruction.



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    UnregisteredFeb 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm
    This was about Vietnam, Selma Alabama was where the national guard had to be brought in so black children could walk for the first time into all white schools, civil rights for both blacks, Women, age of voting, the race for space against the Russian the fact we all were told a bomb would come from the "Reds" and kill us all. The fear we all lived with as a country and as teens we hoped to change the world, stop war, bring about integration, let our young vote, let women have equal rights and equal pay for jobs, birth control, love ins, it was a time of fear and change.
    Lived it, so much has changed because of protest songs like this that brought us all together.
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    UnregisteredAug 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    A couple of years ago i bought some surplus junk. It was wrapped in newspaper. When i got it home i looked at the paper, from the early 1950's. Sad to say, the papers contained articles were about the problems in the middle east. When will it stop? When will our politicians on all sides stop their personal power games for re-election and solve the problems? What did the postman say? It's not the parties anymore... Let's stop playing into the politicians games. You and me we're all the same, let's live our lives and not be manipulated by the clowns in office.
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    UnregisteredMay 9, 2012 at 4:01 am
    The song, eve of destruction by barry mcguire, is anti-war and was made to protest the vietnam war. Barry mcguire was worried about nuclear war, also about vietnam. He did not understand why kids were being sent over there to die. This song demonstrates the fear and frustration among the young people of the 1960s.
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    UnregisteredMay 8, 2012 at 2:14 am
    Itsa cool song with aeswon ne l=yrics, it makes me cry and crap, i love it and had a dream about it lat night and woke up wet...
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    UnregisteredApr 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm
    American citizens experienced a rash of contradicitons in the 1960s. I recall the luv (let us vote) movement. One could not vote, but one could die "for the country" peace or for lack of a better word, the absence of hate will require more than laws and marches. We must see the war that is occurring in our own front yard and not be distracted by a war out of our reach(vietnam).

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