Eve Of Destruction
Barry McGuire
The eastern world it is exploding
Violence flarin', bullets loadin'
You're old enough to kill but not for votin'
You don't believe in war but whats 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
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965 for one week
  • peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles chart in 1965
  • from the album Eve of Destruction (1965)
  • the biggest hit for Barry McGuire
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • on the record:
         Barry McGuire- vocals
         P.F. Sloan- guitar
         Larry Knechtel- bass
         Hal Blaine- drums
  • written by P. F. Sloan
  • Bob Dylan once said of "Eve of Destruction," which was originally penned with the Byrds in mind, "There are no more escapes. If you want to find out anything that's happening now, you have to listen to the music. I don't mean the words. Though, 'Eve Of Destruction' will tell you something about it."
  • produced by Lou Adler, P. F. Sloan, Steve Barri
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