Vladimir Vysotsky. A Song about the Anti-Semites.

AAdapted from Stas and Margaret Porokhnya and
George Tokarev’s translations by Akbar Muhammad.
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!


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