The Eve of Destruction

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During the 60s  in America, there was an anti-war movement going on. Many of the protesters were college students. They were mainly against American entering the Vietnam War.

One of the hit songs in the 60s was Eve of Destruction, sung by Barry McGuire. In the song, he talks about all the terrifying events that may lead to the end of the world, such as China becoming a communist country, “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, the drafting of 18 year old men to the Vietnam War, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He sings about the massive violence and protest in the European countries on communism and socialism, as well as protests against the Vietnam War. McGuire defines equality as something that can’t be obtained so easily with marches and protest when mankind itself isn’t in great conditions.

The audience that was listening to this song probably wasn’t even paying attention to the lyrics of the song. They probably were too focus on the melody of the song or to high on drugs to even pay attention to the song. Those who were paying attention to the lyrics of the song would agree would Barry on how all these terrifying events could eventually lead to the destruction of the world. Because of all this conflict in the world, someone might actually release a “Doomsday Machine”, and destroy everything in the world.

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