Lyrical Spotlight: Bob Dylan

Eve of Destruction (Screaming Jets version)

The eastern world it is explodin’,
Violence is flarin’, and the bullets are loadin’,
You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’,
You don’t believe in war, what’s that gun you’re totin’,
And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin’,
And 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?
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’,
You can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
Handful of Senators don’t pass legislation,
And marches alone won’t bring innovation,
When human respect is disintegratin’,
This whole f’ing 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 at your own backyard!
Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,
But when your return, it’s the same old place,
They’re poundin’ out the drums, the fright and disgrace,
You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace,
Hate your next-door-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.
you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

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