Vladimir Vysotsky. A Song about the Anti-Semites.

A Song about the Anti-Semites.

To go on the highway,


no strong reason see I,

Therefore I’ve decided


to join anti-Semites.

Though under the law,


they’re inveterate villains,

They’ve gotten the support


of fanatical millions.

As there’s a decision,


some ones will be battered.

But who’re those Semites?


I must know the matter.

They’re, perhaps, individuals


quite decent and fair,

To strike at such people,


of course, I won’t dare.

But my crony quickly


dispelled my suspicions:

He said those people


are only plain Hebrews.

I’m happy, my bros,


it’s so rare and dear,

I worry no more,


since there’s nothing to fear!

Initially, I held back


my heart aspiration

Through Albert Einstein, who


belonged to this nation.

You’ll, maybe, forgive me,


but I have to ask you

Of Abraham Lincoln:


should he be unmasked too?

There’s ’mongst them, respecting the


fair sex Kapler,

And also my favorite


clown Charlie Chaplin,

Baruch de Spinoza,


and sufferers from Nazism,

And even the orig-


inator of Marxism.

But my crony, after


a fortunate business,

Said they suck the blood of


the Christian infants;

And once in a pub,


my companions informed me,

That in the old time,


by the Hebrews was God killed.

They always need blood,


all of them are vampires,

Last month in the park,


they did in several bisons!

And I know these dogs’


sons steal bread from the nation,

In order to cause


disarray and starvation.

They grab what they want to,


and win all the tosses,

They’ve built grand abodes


and live there like bosses...

I’m ready for pounding,


robbing and squashing,

And I kick these kikes, and pro-


tect dear Rossia!

1964.

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