Barry McGuire

Eve of destruction (Audio)

The eastern world it is exploding,
violence flaring, bullets loading
You're old enough to kill but not for voting
You don't believe in war, what's that gun you're toting?
And even the Jordan river has bodies floating.

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?
Can't you feel the fears that 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.


Yeah, my blood's so mad, feels like coagulating
I'm sitting here, just contemplating
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 disintegrating
This whole crazy world is just too frustrating.


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 you return, it's the same old place
The pounding of the drums, th pride and disgrace
You can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace
Hate your next-door-neighbour, but don't forget to say grace!


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