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Song Parodies -> "If Barry Manilow Sang 'Eve of Destruction'"

Original Song Title:


Original Performer:

Barry Manilow

Parody Song Title:

"If Barry Manilow Sang 'Eve of Destruction'"

Parody Written by:

Patrick McWilliams

The Lyrics

Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" is a deceptive little number. A mellow-toned pop artist sings of lost love and violent death in such a slick, light-hearted way, that I would bet a lot of listeners don't realize what the song is actually about. So, I started wondering how Mr Manilow might handle a tale of apocalyptic disaster.
You are a skeptic, I try to warn you
The day of doom is drawing near, and the sum of all our fears
You will deny it, and talk of voting
But there's a rifle in your hand
As you tread the desert sand
Across the Middle East, the dogs of war released
The River Jordan flows with all the
Recently deceased

It's the Eve of, Eve of Destruction
Those atom bombs under construction
On the Eve of, Eve of Destruction
Old tribal passions are once more in fashion
It's the Eve of....Hear what I say

The legislature is mired in gridlock
While the judges twist the truth, to overturn the voting booth
And the Commander is on the golf course
The Russians jumped a bit too fast
And the Chinese die was cast
And then the missiles flew, a billion people slew
There was blood and a final whimper
But just who killed who?

On the Brink of, Brink of Extinction
The Right and Left without distinction
Rivalries, passions are endlessly clashin'
On the Brink of....nothing gets done

It's called Ebola, a deadly virus
Although the mushroom cloud looms large
Tiny microbes taking charge
While immigration reshapes our nation
At the TV set we stare
And nobody seems to care
Earthquakes in places new, reactor meltdowns, too
And now they say that the climate's changing
Is that really true?

It's the Eve of, Eve of Destruction
A 3-D IMAX screen production
See the Eve of, Eve of Destruction
We pray for favors and hate all our neighbors
If it's over...go out in style

It's the Eve time for love
Too late for love

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Pacing: 4.7
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Overall Rating: 4.7

Total Votes: 12

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Jonathan - November 19, 2014 - Report this comment
Barry Good! Have A Banana! 5's
Michael Pacholek - December 02, 2014 - Report this comment
In style, this was a match for the other version. But adapting it to our time, instead of the period in which it actually takes place like you did for other one, brings it close to ruin. And citing Obama's golfing was bad: When THIS President goes on vacation, he kills terrorists; when the last one did, he enabled them.
Patrick - May 05, 2015 - Report this comment
The song "Eve of Destruction" has been continually updated since 1965 to reflect the increasing time astronauts could stay in space, new crises such as the Watts Riots, the shootings at Columbine High School, etc. The Chinese have adopted a more market based economy and are trade partners rather than enemies. There is precedent for updating the song as it would be sung today. It can remain relevant, rather than a fossil.

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