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The anti-war protest song, "Eve of Destruction", authored by P. F. Sloan, and recorded by Barry McGuire is as seminal for today's events as it was when written in 1965.
Below are the lyrics to the song. To convey the message within the lyrics, editorial comment is added.
The eastern world, it is exploding,
The above refers to, of course the escalating Viet Nam crisis. At the date this was written, only United States citizens, who were over the age of 21, could participate in our democracy. Yet, if a male member of our citizenry was over the age of 18, he could be drafted into the military.
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatiní.
A reference to the biblical river where baptism was held.
World wide nuclear destruction was greatly feared in this country and prefabbed bomb shelters and "Duck and Cover" exercises were completely normal in the sixties.
The above needs no commentary, if one keeps up with history.
China tested an atomic bomb on October 16, 1964
Martin Luther King led a non-violent freedom march in Selma, that was assualted by the white supremacists of the day.
You may leave here for 4 days in space,
The NASA Gemini space flights were occurring.
But when you return, itís the same old place.
The poundiní of the drums, the pride and disgrace,
The times are upon us, folks!