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

The Structure of the Songs “TWO SONGS ABOUT THE AIR COMBAT”.

I. The Structure of the Song “The Song of the Fighter Pilot”.

a.
B.
a.
B.

11+1.
10+4.
13*+1.
6+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10.

(*) (*) There (are eight oppo)nents, (*) and (I with my special) friend. (*)
The (layout isn’t ours), (*) but we’re (going to start). (*) (*) (*) (*)
Se(ryozha, hold on)! (*) (*) (*) There’s no (good chance at pres)ent, (*)
Let’s (go and equate the trump cards). (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

11+1.
8+4.
11+1.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

They’ll (never force me) (*) to a(bandon the sphe)re, (*)
Their number (*) doesn’t (matter to me): (*) (*) (*) (*)
My (friend and compan)ion (*) shields (me from the re)ar, (*)
And therefore (*) the (chances are even). (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

11+1.
8+4.
13*+1.
8+2.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10.

A (“Messerschmitt” chased) me, (*) then (started to smo)ke, (*)
Its screws (*) hacked the (air with a bell). (*) (*) (*) (*)
They (even don’t need cros)ses (*) (*) (*) u(pon their long ho)mes, (*)
The (ones on their wings) (*) will go well! (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

13+1.
8+2.
11+1.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

I’m “First”, (*) be attentive! (*) Two (“Heinkels” are o’er) you, (*)
I’ve started (*) to (close their path)! (*) (*)
Go (into the clouds), (*) beat the (fire, I’ll preserve) you! (*)
When fighting, (*) don’t (hope for marvels). (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

13+1.
8+4.
11+1.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

Sergey, (*) ye’re on fire! (*) Set your (hopes for no)w (*)
Upon (*) your suc(cessful chuting, man). (*) (*) (*) (*)
Oh, damn it! (*) A (“Heinkel” attacks me, and ho)w! (*)
God bless you, (*) I’m (turning to ram)!.. (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

11+1.
8+4.
11+1.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

I (know that o)thers (*) will (pay for our trou)ble... (*)
But, (having left do)wn (*) the clouds, (*) (*) (*) (*)
Just (as two our planes) (*) that were (flying in cou)ple, (*)
Our souls (*) will ad(vance up and up). (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

11+1.
8+4.
11+1.
6+2.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8.

Saint (Peter will say) (*) that our (guerdon awaits) us, (*)
But as soon (*) as (he shuts the gate), (*) (*) (*) (*)
We’ll (ask of the Fa)ther, (*) “Do (us a high fa)vor: (*)
Take (us to a battle group of angels).” (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

11+1.
8+4.
11+1.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

And (I’ll ask of Him), (*) as a (son of his fa)ther, (*)
To give me (*) His (merciful sanction) (*) (*) (*) (*)
To (make my compan)ion (*) the (one of all o)thers (*)
For shielding (*) my (rear in actions). (*) (*) (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.

11+1.
8+4.
11+1.
8+2.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.

We’ll (ask wings and bo)ws (*) of (our Heavenly Fa)ther, (*)
An ace (*) sees him(self but in heaven)... (*) (*) (*) (*)
But (if there’s no short)age (*) of (warrior bro)thers, (*)
He’ll let us (*) be (guardians then). (*) (*)

a.
B.
a.
B.
a.
B.

11+1.
8+2.
11+1.
8+2.
11+1.
8.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8.

To (guard is a heav)ily (*) (honorable ser)vice, (*)
We’ll carry (*) good (luck on our wings) (*) (*)
To (such ones as were) (*) I and (my friend Seryo)zha, (*)
When ’mongst (*) living (people were we). (*) (*)
To (such ones as were) (*) I and (my friend Seryo)zha, (*)
When ’mongst (*) living (people were we). (*) (*)

II. The Structure of the Song “The Song of the Fighter Plane”.

A.
b.
A.
b.

10.
7+3.
10.
7+3.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.

(*) (*) I’m “Yak” the fighter. (*) I fly with glee,
And heavens (make me almight)y. (*) (*) (*)
But he, who’s sitting (*) inside of me,
Reckons that (he is a fight)er. (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10.
6+4.
10.
6+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.

Today I’ve brought down (*) a “Messerschmitt”,
That deal was (rather a bore)! (*) (*) (*) (*)
But him, who’s sitting (*) inside of me,
I cannot (bear any more). (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10.
8+4.
10.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

Last night mechanics (*) were puzzled to see
A lot of breaches (*) in my skin, (*) (*) (*) (*)
But he, who’s sitting (*) inside of me,
Compels me (*) to make a spin. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

10.
9+3.
10.
9*+3.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

From out the bomber (*) its load brings
Destruction (*) to the airdrome, (*) (*) (*)
But one can hear (*) as the bomb’s fin sings,
“Pe(e)(e)ace be (*) (unto your ho)me!” (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10.
8+4.
10.
6+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.

Two “Heinkels” chase me. (*) I want to flee—
So tired (*) of wounds am I! (*) (*) (*) (*)
But he, who’s sitting (*) inside of me,
Again is (going to fight)! (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10.
8+4.
10.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

He must be crazy, (*) we’ll certainly blow!
Thank heavens (*) I’m still alive— (*) (*) (*) (*)
Having exceeded (*) all limits known,
I’ve gone out (*) of this death dive! (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.

10+2.
9+3.
10.
9*+5.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14.

Here I’m the leader. (*) But from the rear... (*) (*)
From now on (*) I’ll be alone: (*) (*) (*)
My wing man smokes (*) and loudly sings,
“Pe(e)(e)ace be (*) (unto your ho)me!” (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10.
8+4.
10.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

So he who reckons (*) that he can fight
Has found himself (*) in the soup. (*) (*) (*) (*)
And he’s deceived me— (*) compelled to dive,
When I had (*) to loop the loop. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10.
8+4.
10.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

He jerks the stick, (*) and the load doubles—
How rude is (*) this so-called ace! (*) (*) (*) (*)
Again he brought me (*) a pack of troubles,
And this was (*) the final case. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10.
6+2.
10+2.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

Henceforth I won’t listen (*) to what he talks,
I’d rather (lie on the ground)! (*) (*)
But doesn’t he hear (*) as my motor knocks? (*) (*)
My fuel blood (*) is almost up. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10.
8+2.
10.
6+4.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.

The plane’s indulgence (*) has its extreme,
And mine (*) is already passed. (*) (*)
And he, who’s sitting (*) inside of me,
Has stuck his (face in the glass). (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.

10+2.
8+4.
10+2.
8+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8-10-12.

He’s killed! I’m happy, (*) I may fly free! (*) (*)
I spare (*) no strength at all! (*) (*) (*) (*)
But what’s this? What? (*) Why it’s happed to me? (*) (*)
Why do (*) to the ground I fall? (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b.
A.
b.
b.

10.
9+1.
10.
9*+3.
9.

2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12.
2-4-6-8.

How I regret (*) that so little I’ve done,
Let ye have luck (*) in your roams. (*)
Yes, it turned out (*) that I’ve also sung,
“Pe(e)(e)ace be (*) (unto your ho)me!” (*) (*) (*)
“Peace be (*) unto (*) your home!” (*) (*)

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