Vladimir Vysotsky. Chances.

Be Thankful.

Don’t care if ye’re a nail and not a hammer,
Don’t care if your career took a dive,
Don’t care if ye spent years in the slammer
Be thankful for the fact that ye’re alive!

So what if your card partner kicked the bucket?
So what if your true love told you a lie?
So what if they deceived you like a sucker?
Be thankful for the fact that ye’re alive!

Don’t worry if ye’re tortured by sarcoma,
Don’t worry if ye stirred up a beehive,
Don’t worry if ye fell into a coma
Be thankful for the fact that ye’re alive!

It’s nothing if ye stayed o’er in the sawdust,
It’s nothing if but troubles boom and thrive,
It’s nothing if ye’re said to be the broadest
Be thankful for the fact that ye’re alive!

It’s true that I should answer for my blunders,
It’s true that I myself choose where to drive!..
Of course, it’s true! But my griped soul wonders:
Who’s he whom should I thank that I’m alive?

1969.

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