The Spokesmen: “Dawn of Correction” (1965)

The Spokesmen were an American three-piece band, led by singer-songwriter John Medora. Their only charting single was Dawn of Correction, released in 1965 from the group’s only album.

Dawn of Correction is a conservative response to Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction, released earlier that year. Adopting lyrical preaching and a similar musical style, The Spokesmen directly respond to Eve of Destruction’s fears about the conscription of non-voters and the nuclear threat. These practices, they claimed, “keep people free from Red domination”.

The western world has a common dedication
To keep free people from Red domination
And maybe you can’t vote, boy, but man your battle stations
Or there’ll be no need for votin’ in future generations.

So over and over again, you keep sayin’ it’s the end
But I say you’re wrong, we’re just on the dawn of correction.

There are buttons to push in two mighty nations
But who’s crazy enough to risk annihilation?
The buttons are there to ensure negotiation
So don’t be afraid, boy, it’s our only salvation.

So over and over again, you keep sayin’ it’s the end
But I say you’re wrong, we’re just on the dawn of correction.

You tell me that marches won’t bring integration
But look what it’s done for the voter registration.
Be thankful our country allows demonstrations
Instead of condemning, make some recommendations.
I don’t understand the cause of your aggravation
You mean to tell me, boy, it’s not a better situation?

So over and over again, you keep saying it’s the end
But I say you’re wrong, we’re just on the dawn of correction.

You missed all the good in your evaluation
What about the things that deserve commendation?
Where there once was no cure, there’s vaccination
Where there once was a desert, there’s vegetation.
Self government’s replacing colonisation
What about the Peace Corps organisation?
Don’t forget the work of the United Nations.

So over and over again, you keep sayin’ it’s the end
But I say you’re wrong, we’re just on the dawn of correction.
But I say you’re wrong, we’re just on the dawn of correction.

So over and over again, you keep sayin’ it’s the end
But I say you’re wrong, we’re just on the dawn of correction.

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