Poems and Songs of Vladimir Vysotsky. A Ballad of Fighting.

Commentary to “The Goner’s Song”.

This song has much in common with Alexander Pushkin’s poem “I’ve outlived my own yearnings...” (this text is adapted from Dina Belyaeva’s trans­la­tion):

I’ve outlived my own yearnings,
I’ve out loved my own dreams!
I’m left with dire anguish burning,
A sign of hollow heart within.

Under the spell of cruel fortune,
My glory days have waned away!
I live alone in gloomy torture,
And wait but for my final day.

Such as when chills of autumn heighten
While winter blizzards take their hold,
Left on a barren branch, forsaken,
The last leaf shakes against the cold.

And it also calls to mind Alexander Pushkin’s letter to Vladimir Raevsky.

The song was written in 1971.

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