The Rhythmic Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Poems and Songs.

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s “My Gypsy Song”.

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9*+3.
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1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9-11.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7-9.

(*) (*) When I sleep, (*) (*) a yellow light (*) (*) (*)
Blinds me and I’m groaning, (*) (*)
“Get away, (*) (*) a painful night! (*) (*) (*)
Come, a sunny morning!” (*) (*)
But the morning (*) (*) is an ill, (*) (*) (*)
Wrong and boring comer: (*) (*)
I just smoke or drink some swill (*) (*) (*)
On an empty stomach. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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7+3.
6+2.
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6+2.
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1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7-9.

Jerks and bums in cheap saloons (*) (*) (*)
Feast for no reason— (*) (*)
It’s a paradise for goons, (*) (*) (*)
But for me—a prison. (*) (*)
In the church I hear sweet songs, (*) (*) (*)
There even gold looks shabby... (*) (*)
Well, the church is also wrong, (*) (*) (*)
It’s not such as must be! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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7+3.
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1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7-9.

Wheezing, up the hill I lurch, (*) (*) (*)
Being tired and harried— (*) (*)
On the top I see a birch, (*) (*) (*)
And below—a cherry. (*) (*)
Wish the hill were ivy-twined, (*) (*) (*)
Then I’d be in clover; (*) (*)
Wish another joy I’d find— (*) (*) (*)
But it’s wrong all over! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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7+3.
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1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7-9.

I keep running on and on (*) (*) (*)
Through the field with daisies— (*) (*)
There’s a light while God is gone, (*) (*) (*)
And the road that mazes. (*) (*)
It goes forward through the wood (*) (*) (*)
Full of witches lurking (*) (*)
To the end where’s nothing good (*) (*) (*)
But a hangman smirking. (*) (*)

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7+3.
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1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7.
1-3-5-7-9.
1-3-5-7-9.

Somewhere steeds in a slow mode (*) (*) (*)
Dance without desire. (*) (*)
All is wrong along the road, (*) (*) (*)
And the end is dire. (*) (*)
Nor the church nor the saloon— (*) (*) (*)
None of things is holy! (*) (*)
All is wrong beneath the moon, (*) (*) (*)
Wrong and quite appalling! (*) (*)

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