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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s “A Song about the Transmigration of Souls”.

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(*) (*) Some people trust Muhammad, and some—Jesus for salvation, (*)
And there are also such types who treat these ones with spite, (*) (*)
While there is Hindus’ idea of souls transmigration, (*)
Which says that we don’t die for good, and I believe it’s right. (*) (*)

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If for the high your soul strives, (*) (*)
Ye’ll get your dreams again. (*) (*)
But if ye’ve lived a porker’s life,
A porker ye’ll remain. (*) (*)

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If people look at you askance, it’s not the cause for crying— (*)
When coming back, ye’ll get a tongue as sharp as a steak knife. (*) (*)
But if it happens that in this life ye’ll see your foe dying— (*)
Ye’ll get a pair of keen eyes in your forthcoming life. (*) (*)

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Enjoy your life and don’t be cross, (*) (*)
Don’t gripe about your fate— (*) (*)
Directly into a big boss
Your soul may migrate. (*) (*)

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Don’t worry if ye’re but a hand, ye’ll be reborn a foreman, (*)
With time ye’ll be a minister—it’s really not a joke! (*) (*)
But if ye don’t behave yourself—it’s an unlucky omen!— (*)
Then for some hundred years next, ye’ll stand there as an oak! (*) (*)

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Get rid of venom if ye can, (*) (*)
Don’t imitate and fox— (*) (*)
We ought to live our earthly span
As normal decent folks. (*) (*)

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So who is who and who was what? We’ll never get an answer. (*)
The have-nots will possess the Earth, do think what it implies! (*) (*)
There is a chance that this black cat was formerly a rascal, (*)
And that nice chap was a kind dog, who won his golden prize. (*) (*)

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To my delight I give free vent, (*) (*)
I’m like a saint, indeed... (*) (*)
These clever Hindus did invent
A comfortable creed! (*) (*)

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