Friday, January 13, 2012

IRAN: The Pounding of the War Drums Get Louder

Nearly forty-eight years ago, songwriter P.F. Sloan wrote the song "Eve of Destruction," recorded by folk singer Barry McGuire, who had a big hit with the folk-rock protest song in 1965.

Sloan, in a piece called "The Stories Behind the Songs," said that in the line:

"Think of all the hate there is in Red China, then take a look around to Selma, Alabama," was a reflection of the discord and racial inequality in the U.S. and around the world. The song, with references to war, the Kennedy assassination and hypocrisy in society was, Sloan said, "a prayer to God."

Said Sloan, in talking about "Eve of Destruction": "I was writing down this line in pencil 'think of all the hate there is in Red Russia.' This inner voice said, 'No, no it's Red China!' I began to argue with that until near exhaustion.

I thought Red Russia was the most outstanding enemy to freedom in the world, but this inner voice said the Soviet Union will fall before the end of the century and Red China will endure in crimes against humanity well into the new century! This inner voice that is inside of each and every one of us but is drowned out by the roar of our minds!"

It's a neat story and his "inner voice" telling him to write about current events while including references that would prove to be true at a later date make "Eve of Destruction" a song that, while now dated, resonates in an increasingly uncertain time in American history.

Full article:

Can you hear the drums? The American war machine is hungry for more and our warmonger president is leading the charge. There's that hoe and change, corrupted and spit out on the floor. 

Russia collapsed. China is on the verge. America is nearly there as well. While all of the global superpowers have or will break down under their own weight, America is pushing to make one last effort to maintain the Empire, by taking out as many of its opponents around the world as possible. 

If the bully knew he was going to lose his ability to be threatening, would one last bit of bullying really be wise?

No comments:

Post a Comment