Vladimir Vysotsky. In a Faraway Kingdom.

Commentary to the song “About Sergey Thomin”.

Here is stanza 1:

I grew up like all others pre-war youngsters:
At night we often met to drink and sing.
Sergey Thomin was one of us and we didn’t like him,
’Cause ever very serious was he.

The person who is featured in this song is easily recognized. Of course, persons who did not serve in the armed forces should not have the right to hold high public of­fice.

And he, who narrates about that person, perhaps, symbolizes the awaited messenger — as well as the narrator in the song “About My Master Sergeant”.

The song was written in 1964.

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