Vladimir Vysotsky. Family Affairs.

It’s no use to talk with you, my dear!..Adapted from Alec Vagapov’s translation by Akbar Muhammad.

It’s no use to talk with you, my dear!
What ye say’s but an incessant chatter.
So I’ll better go to have a drink,
And discuss with pals a serious matter.

They have vital questions to decide,
For example: “Who’s the most hard drinker?”
And their range of interests is wide —
From our stand to where they sell hard liquors.

We debate two quite important points,
As we hold a heated conversation:
One’s where to obtain the missing coins,
And the other — who’ll then fetch libation.

Ye pour me bread kvass instead of wine...
I ain’t able to justify your vision.
Your intelligence doesn’t equal mine,
Ye should polish up your erudition!


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