Vladimir Vysotsky. A Song of Rossia.

Commentary to “A Ballad of the Past”.

Here is stanza 16:

I’ve abandoned the diapers and got on
Being never forgotten and defenseless.
And they didn’t ever deem me an odd one,
For I was an endowed with reason fellow.

The words “forgotten and defenseless” are an allusion to the song of homeless children “There a Nightingale’s Warbling...”

Another title of this ballad is “A Ballad of Childhood”.

The ballad was written in 1975 for the film “Victor Krokhin’s Second Attempt” (1977).

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