Eve of Destruction

“Ah, you may leave here for four days in space,
But when you return it’s the same ol’ place,
The poundin’ of the drums, the pride an’ disgrace.
You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace.
Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace.

P.F. Sloan, Eve of Destruction

My friend Steve posted this video on Facebook. It’s the song as originally recorded by Barry McGuire in 1965 but with updated imagery showing that not a whole hell of a lot has changed since then.

It seems appropriate to post this on the eve of the supposed end of the world. Call it whatever you want — The Rapture, Doomsday, the End of Days, Judgment Day, the Apocalypse… Personally, I’m going to call it Saturday. I’m going to do some yoga, mow my lawn, maybe a little landscaping and spend time with my grandchildren.

Harold Camping, the televangelist who’s predicted the end of the world before may be wrong again but even if he’s not, I won’t waste my time worrying about it. I’ll just accept it and move on. And if the world doesn’t end, the time won’t have been wasted and I won’t feel embarrassed.


Song: Eve Of Destruction
Artist: Barry McGuire
Album: Eve Of Destruction
Released: 1965

This song was originally recorded by The Turtles but they didn’t release as a single until 1970 when it reached #100. McGuire’s version hit #1. As 1960s protest songs go, it’s still as relevant now as it was 46 years ago. There is still more than enough injustice, racism, fear, hate, war, suffering, ignorance, and intolerance to go around.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

One thought on “Eve of Destruction”

  1. Well, the world is still here, much the same as it was. Maybe the Rapture did happen but nobody met God’s stringent qualifications. They’ve been predicting the Apocalypse since religions were created.

    When the human race comes to an end, it will be by our own doing, not by the hand of some distant god. Barring a direct hit by a meteor or something, we will most likely bring about our own extinction and the Earth will continue on without us and will eventually correct our mistakes, leaving no trace of our existence on the planet.


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