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March 27th, 2006
05:46 pm


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anti-war song lyrics theme
Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction," was released in 1965. In its first stanza, the song not only speaks of the horrors of war, but criticizes the drafting of young men into the military who, at the time, were not even eligible to vote. My friend Emily taught me this song while sitting in a hammock in my parents' back yard.

“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-
but what’s that gun you’re toting?
And even the Jorden river has bodies floating.

But you tell me over & over & over again, my friend,
ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.”


(rest of the lyrics and .wav file)

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Date:March 28th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
I have a 45 single of this that I bought the week it came out. I also remember seeing Barry McGuire premiering Eve of Destruction live on, I think, the Smothers Brothers show. Thanks for posting this one.
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Date:March 28th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
And I just remembered that when we watched James Coburn in The President's Analyst the other week, the hippy musician with the bus full of flower children that got Coburn out of trouble in New York was played by... Barry McGuire!
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