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

The Structure of the Song “A Song about the Fallen Friend”.

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3-6-9-12-15-18-21-24.
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(*) (*) (*) All the war I was longing (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) for my home and my town, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
And tho’ I got excited, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) I performed things quite right, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
While he was in a hurry, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) once he didn’t bend his crown, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
And turned backward and forward, and only (*) (*) for two years he managed to fight. (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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So his pulse made no sound (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
From the forty-third spring, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
As for me—yes, I’ve drowned (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
In the sweet postwar dream. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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My desires are whetted, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
But my breath often gets stuck... (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
He was kinder and better, (*) (*)
He was kinder and better, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
But it’s me who had luck. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12-15-18-21-24.
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I didn’t live under cover, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) nor I asked for the rear, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
I was ever aggressive, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) never trying to stack; (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
But I took an allusion, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) and sometimes with a sneer, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
In the eyes of the widows I met with, (*) (*) “Perhaps instead of my man ye came back.” (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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Each of them has her story, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
And their look is so sad... (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Do they think I’m not sorry (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
That their star is too bad? (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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Once I blurted, “Forgive me, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
For the fact I’m alive! (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
I returned without thinking, (*) (*)
I returned without thinking, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
And your one wasn’t in time...” (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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He cried out in the ending, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) when his plane was flame-ridden, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
“Ye live on! Ye will make it!”— (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) through the roaring I heard. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Close to Heaven we were flying, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) near Garden of Eden, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
He just zoomed a bit higher and sat there, (*) (*) as for me—I made it to the Earth. (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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He was met as a great man (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
On the Heavenly airfield. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
There the staff, without question, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Heard a lot about him. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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Too far off he proceeded, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Never he’d move astern. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
I returned—yes, I did it, (*) (*)
I returned—yes, I did it, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
And he failed to return... (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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I’ll for ever be guilty (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) toward my pals who were downed, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
If I presently met them, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) I’d be honored with it. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Yes, we were able to finish (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) this damned war safe and sound, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
But we’re not able to quieten our conscience— (*) (*) those of us who had luck to get it. (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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God austerely and featly (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Measured us days to keep, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Which we pass through as fleetly (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
As a plane the airstrip. (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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Some for ever ascended, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
Some crashed on that airstrip... (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
As for me—yes, I landed, (*) (*)
As for me—yes, I landed, (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)
It’s my fortune and grief. (*) (*) (*)

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