Eve of Destruction Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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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?
Nn, 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,
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',
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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!
Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,
But when your 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-_DARK_-neighbour, but don't forget to say grace,
And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,
you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. mmm, no, no.
you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction



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For Victor-reviewer from March 2013 | Reviewer: Charlie | 2/22/14

Thank you for recognizing P.F. Sloan as the writer. But he did a number of other incredible songs along with his writing partner Steve Barri. I could just say "Secret Agent Man" (#3 in Billboard) and stop right there, but he also wrote "You Baby" (#20) for the Turtles, "A Must to Avoid"(#8) for Herman's Hermits and "Where Were You When I Needed You"(#28)for the Grassroots and lots of others. He was so incredible that Jimmy Webb (By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Galveston, Wichita Lineman, Up, Up and Away and countless others)wrote an ode to him called "P.F. Sloan". I love Bob Dylan, however it's a disservice to both men listing Dylan as the writer of this song on this page.

Dylan IS the better artist RE: Eve of Destruction | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/24/14

Bob Dylan is and always will be the real "voice" behind "Eve of Destruction".....I was there in the 60'/70's and Bob was the one who could sing it right. Didn't even remember Barry McGuire singing it...............sorry dude! Dylan's the man!

A Incredable Visionary | Reviewer: Jay K | 9/18/13

At the time this song was recorded it seemed that McGuire's interpretation of society was very much exaggerated. Now listening to this very same song, Barry's fears seem minor compared to what this world has become. Who would have ever thought !

Eve of Destruction | Reviewer: Victor | 3/2/13

The lyrics and music were written by P.F. Sloan. As far as I know he didn't write anything else of note. Dylan never recorded the song. Barry McGuire had the hit version. Many radio stations across the US refused to play the song.

nostalgic for a time he never lived | Reviewer: Bob Scully | 2/10/11

Anon remembers listening to this during the Cuban Missle Crisis?!! Wow. Amazing, considering the Cuban Missle Crisis occurred in 1963 (JFK handled that before he was killed) and the song was written in 1965. Terrific song though.

45 years later and truer than true | Reviewer: chops | 10/15/10

Barry should not have had a "folk" voice for this song..... anger, raspness and frustration is what you should have and did hear in this song. I love to watch the video when he performed it on one of the shows in the 60's. It is a chilling and timeless piece.

life memory | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/31/10

I first heard Barry Mcguire on the radio sing this in a pub in Northern England whilst the Cuban crisis was ongoing and it has forever since sent a chill down my back. Magnificent lyrics, magnificent delivery.

Pulse of the 60's | Reviewer: Dick Turman | 10/20/09

This song was real feelings in the 60's and it still has so much truth today. We were so close to nuclear war is the Cuban missle crisis.It's by God's grace half our world isn't gone by now. How about North Korea and the middle east? There will never be peace on this earth as we will experience above.

A MOMENENT IN TIME | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/30/09

When I first heard this I was at School in Lancashire,England..Even at 13yrs. old I knew this was a special moment in time.I tried to get the recird but always sold out.Even years later in ex-juke box stores.Tried last year on limewire but a warning not to download it.It's Jan 2009,still not got it.Here in Australia.Still trying.

eve of destruction | Reviewer: JOHN "D" | 11/7/08

This has always been an anthem for me. I first heard it "one dark and stormy night", when I was living in Kitimat BC. The next day I went out and bought the "45" can you remember them? I still have it, and listen to it often. Great and powerful piece.

P.F.Sloan | Reviewer: eralperdogan | 6/29/08

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal says Lennon, bullshit is global destruction politics of those nations enrolled, if exist would history reveal the truth, and this song is one of beatiful songs that P.F.Sloan had written

peace | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/21/08

"The song is choked with the atmosphere of arrogant hippy smugness.... And Barry McGuire can't sing to save his life.. What a complete piece of pretentious shit."

Just think, if everyone thought that way, we would be in Iraq for 100 years. Everyone just needs to get their minds out of the WAR gutter. Fuck us if we can't all get together and spread peace!

eve of destruction | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/21/07

"Eve of Destruction" was written and recorded by Barry McGuire in 1965. Although many confuse this song as Bob Dylan's, he never recorded it. It is however one of the greatest protest songs of the 60's

Eve Of Destruction is included on soundtrack of Sicko | Reviewer: Julia Rice | 7/8/07

The lyrics are sung in French so it took me about an hour to figure out where the familiar melody came from. It's sung during the credits and once I realized the deeper meaning of it's inclusion in the movie, it had quite a haunting effect on me. The song is timeless.

Eve of destruction | Reviewer: Ray | 5/15/07

FYI - I was a medic in the USAF from 1964 to 1968 and when I heard the song over the air in San Francisco it really brought home a message for the times. The South was having problems with integration, and we were steadily increasing our military forces in Viet Nam. I personnally saw a lot of what the song was about! From medical training in Mississippi in 1964 to the hundreds of casualties we worked with out of nam. The song was not bull shit!!


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