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Barry McGuire – Eve Of Destruction lyrics

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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    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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    American citizens experienced a rash of contradicitons in the 1960s. I recall the love (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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    It is about political issues. The song takes on racism, hypocrisy and injustice at a volatile time in american history. President JFK was a big influence of the song. It galvanized the debate over voting rights in America, since many people couldn't vote until they were 21. It is also about the hatred around the world. The tension in the Middle East. Our poor economy.
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    Since the discovery of oil in Texas 1901, it has been the most important energy recourse in our history. The humans are totally addicted to oil and our society would not be able to work without oil, since we use it for: fuel, fabrics, plastic products, medicals, and mainly to all industries. The world are consuming 18 millions barrels of oil every day. It is pretty hard to understand how much oil that really is, to put it in context; if we replace the Niagara Waterfall with oil, it would flow oils for 6.6 hours everyday.
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the world´s third largest oil exporter . In 2012, they exported 2.8 millions of barrels crudes oil everyday . Abu Dhabi holds 94% of the oil of United Arab Emirates.

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the world´s third largest oil exporter . In 2012, they exported 2.8 millions of barrels crudes oil everyday . Abu Dhabi holds 94% of the oil of United Arab Emirates.
    Dubai is probably the most famous Emirates of the seven Emirates, even if it’s the second largest one. Dubai is well known for a great hospitality, shopping centrum and a transfer between the Western and Eastern World. Dubai is a great example of how oil’s economic impact of the world.

    Before the 1960 Dubai was a small trading city for pearls, and fishes. When the Emirates found oil in 1960 Dubai grew quickly to an urban modern city, with many western world investors. About 20 years later the Emirates of Dubai found out that the oil reserves would soon come to an end, which led to his decision to turn Dubai into an holiday and resort city and establish the worldwide known airline Emirates Airline.
    The Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) has become the flagship of Middle East oil stocks market, almost all oil are exchanged through DME.

    Trading oil is similar to make an investment in a company, through stock market. The investors have to speculate what the price will be of the oil contracts of what they bough, similar to an investor for a company have to speculate the future of the company. The oil price depends on many factors. A rainy day in a major city can be a good invest of oil, because that leads us to take our car instead of walking.

    The oil is our drug, and we are addicted to it that we would not make a day without it. There is hard to find anything in our society that would work without oil. The humans use oil for mostly everything. The end of oil will be the urban world’s death, and we are digging our own grave because in 53 years we probably have run out of all oil.
    The United State of America (US) two major parties are split when it comes to energy politics. The Democrats rather invest in renewable energy and blame the industry to invest too less in renewable power. The Republican Party on the other hand think that US should invest more in Domestic oil production to be more independence from global oil market, that would generate in more job opportunities. They are not happy over Democrats loans to a solar energy company in California

    There is not a secret that the oil and car companies have taken advantage of American politics. Los Angeles had 1600 km of tracks for trams. Anyhow, General Motor (GM) bought the whole public service tram company and replaced it with cheaper bus services and highway; today LA has only 180 tracks left. Although no one can prove today that GM’s vision was to build a Motor town.

    In1947, GM, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California, Philips Petroleum, Mack Trucks with nine other civil people were prosecuted to the Federal 9th circuit court for trying to build a Monopoly of the transport system. The case went to the Supreme Court, although the defender closing argument was that Los Angeles already was in love with the car, the prosecuted companies and civil people’s verdict were only tickets
    The fossil fuels have a bad influence on our planet environmental. The global temperature have rise since 1800, a result of the higher consuming of fuel and coal. The air pollution is bad in many major cities, and the smog is a result of too heavily volume of carbon dioxide, which effects our health badly.
    There are not only Fossil fuels which is a damage from an environmental expect. The plastic consuming is another issue we have to deal with. The humans are consuming every minute millions of plastic bags. Only Americans threw away 35 billions of plastic bottles and we have a huge global catastrophe when it comes to the humans way to use the ocean for trash. No one have a perspective of how many plastic materials from a plastic knife to small micro particulars, because the plastic does not go through any orbit, it just gets smaller and are still an issue.

    The features and benefits of oil are outstanding when it comes to energy recourses. The oil’s benefits of generate a lot of energy during a rainy day as well for a cloudy and windy day. The features of being easy to transport makes it to be a resource for everyone. Our whole global economy need the “black blood” to work. I brought up Dubai that is an incredible history of how oil has transfer a small fishing town to an important economic imperium. There are more examples of countries that built their economy and wealth of oil. I think Dubai is also a good example of how to not let the end of the oil producing led to an economical death of the city, and instead turn it into a tourism industry.

    When it comes to our society, we the people have to wait for what the government agrees with each other which energy resource to make the next huge investment.
    I do understand the Republican and the far right to interest of investing in the oil industry, to be less influence of the global trading prices of oil, and that would give more of US inhabitants’ job opportunities, like the Keynes theory helped US from the Great Depression. However, I do think it is time to invest in other resources, we have used oil for over an hundred years, it is time to make new investments, and I do not see a solution for the American economy in a longer period of time by invest more in the oil industry.

    Despite to waiting for the government for make the major decision we who “only “ are a citizen have to rethink and be more open minded about changing our lifestyles. Even if local produced food and beverage are more expensive than the far-gone, we have think of more perspectives than just the price tag. When you take the car instead of the public service you are a part of a bad behavior.

    Further on when it comes to the environmental effects, there are easy to find any good facts to bring up. I know that some may argue for that global warming is a rumor, whatever you believes are, we have only one chance, and not another earth to move to if the global warming is not a rumor.

    The oil is a resource that can be used by everyone, and it would not be fare to tell the poorest people that energy is only for rich people, however we have to reducing our consuming of oil. What we have to crave the oil company to take bigger responsibility of their business.

    Barry Mc Guire might was right already in the 70th when he sang The Eve of Destruction:
    /…/ And you tell me Over and over and over again, my friend Ah, you don't believe We're on the eve Of destruction /../ That was a protest song against war. Anyway, is not our society build on another eve of destruction when we cannot live without oil? That we are addicted to something which damage our planet and in our current time frame do not have any other solution that could replace the oil. However we are not going to blame the oil for it, the oil have been an incredible recourse, we can only blame the western world, ourselves for not take responsible of our behaviors; we are choosing the piece of the cake and eating it as well, with other words, digging our own grave.
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    The hatred around the world. The tension in the middle east. Our poor economy. I am sitting here waiting for a revorution that I wish would come, to take down the corporate elite that has destroyed the middle class. The people that built this country into the greatness that it once was. I am 56 years old, on social security disability, and I pray everyday for a revolution. I want to take my country back from the politicians, lobbyists, corporations and every other fat cat that has their hand out. I want this to be the land of the people, the ones who voted for those who are to represent us. Us the tax payers. Not us the corporations who go overseas and avoid taxes and hiring americans. I can go on for hours, but I think you get the idea!
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