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MANNY FREISER: Music

EVE OF DESTRUCTION

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December 15, 2017
P.F. Sloan

The last time this became a classic, the horrors of Vietnam were looming large. Now it's North Korea. Will SOMEBODY please play this for the occupant of the White House?!

The eastern world, it is explodin',
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 trying to say?
And can't you feel the fears 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,

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 sittin here just contemplatin

I can’t twist the truth it knows no regulation

Handful of senators don’t pass legislation

And marches alone don’t bring integration

And human respect is disintegratin

And the whole crazy world is just so 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 for four days in space

But when you return it’s the same old place

The pounding 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