Vladimir Vysotsky. The Criminal Code.

The Card-Sharpers.

Yesterday we played a game


gone on from the previous day,

With the right amount of trumps, as all regarded.

No one could call our game bad


each one got just what he’d had

We were pleased, and then again our playing started.

But on a sudden they appeared and said, “Good day!”
We didn’t await them in despite of that they’ve come...
And though there are four suits and different cards to play,
They snatch all of the kings and aces in each round!

From the very morn we’ve played


an unfavorable game

The right way to play till now isn’t discovered!

So they beat us being glad,


their good fortune makes us sad,

But the aces by the trumps are always covered!

So on a sudden they appeared and said, “Good day!”
We didn’t await them in despite of that they’ve come...
And though there are four suits and different cards to play,
They snatch all of the kings and aces in each round!

The unequal game we play


all our coins may be taken.

While their cards are good, we’re left to weep for chances.

With a chatter of their teeth,


they make haste to finish with

All the game, and revel in the gained advances.

So on a sudden they appeared and said, “Good day!”
We didn’t await them in despite of that they’ve come...
And though there are four suits and different cards to play,
They snatch all of the kings and aces in each round!

But our guests make haste in vain


there will be another game!

It’s a pity that the night is dark and rainy.

But let Fortune laughs at us,


and we can’t descry the path,

We’ll for certain settle accounts with this lady!

So on a sudden they appeared and said, “Good day!”
We didn’t await them in despite of that they’ve come...
But from the present four suits and different cards to play,
We’ll get all of the kings and aces in this round!

1967.

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