EVE OF DESTRUCTION COMETH!

12 10 2013

Hurricane Sandy Brooklyn

Remember the eerie hit song THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION?  It came at the height of the Cold War in the era when students were drilled to duck and hide under the desks in windowless rooms hoping to survive the nuclear bombs!

Now comes word from the latest comprehensive study that “The city of New York — America’s largest metropolis and home to over 8 million people — will be ravaged by the effects of climate change within a few years.”  

And not just NYC but other major cities along the American East Coast including Miami, as well as many other cities around the world.   And not just many years from now, but soon, so soon that within 50 years the study warns New York City could become uninhabitable!  By that time in fact the coldest days could be warmer than today’s hottest days, sea rise measured in feet not inches, and killer storms normal rather than oh so rare.

And what are we, the superpower, the exceptional among the nations, doing about this greatest of threats to our country!   Hardly anything!  We’re so busy spending trillions fighting wars and the resultant “terrorism”, and our politicians are so busy assaulting each other to gain power and privilege for themselves, that the greatest danger to humanity — caused by ourselves — is not even being seriously discussed by our miserable government!

With such songs as BLOWING IN THE WIND and some of those by PETER, PAUL, AND MARY in years past, this EVE OF DESTRUCTION captured a sense of the times.  Here are the original lyrics.  Needed now is a similar song, same title please, focused on the real grim reaper just beginning to be visible but already unstoppable, Climate Change.

The eastern world it is explodin’, violence flarin’, bullets 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’

But 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 see the fear that I’m feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no running away
There’ll be none to save with the world in a grave
Take a look around you, boy, it’s bound to scare you, boy

But 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’
I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation
Handful of Senators don’t pass legislation

And marches alone can’t bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin’
This whole crazy 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 to Selma, Alabama
Ah, you may leave here for four days in space
But when you return it’s the same old place

The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace
You can bury your dead but don’t leave a trace
Hate your next door neighbor but don’t forget to say grace

And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction

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