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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “Such a plumber ye haven’t seen for ages...”

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3-6-9-12.
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(*) (*) Such a plumber ye haven’t seen for ages, (*) (*)
Money burnt in my pocket like hell, (*) (*) (*)
As I got very good monthly wages (*) (*)
And a quarterly bonus as well. (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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3-6-9-12.

If a person does drink like a beau, (*) (*)
He assuredly earns lots of wealth. (*) (*) (*)
And besides my true love left at home, (*) (*)
Here, in Moscow, I had two girlfriends. (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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To my love, I sent letters and presents, (*) (*)
Those girls got champagne and myself. (*) (*) (*)
Every evening I spent like a penance, (*) (*)
Then till morning I suffered like hell. (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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It turned out that my health disappeared, (*) (*)
And at work I wasn’t able to excel, (*) (*) (*)
That my physical end quickly neared, (*) (*)
With the end of my welfare as well. (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
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3-6-9-12.

There were rings round my eyes and deep wrinkles. (*) (*)
“Farewell, girls!” they heard from myself. (*) (*) (*)
“Find another lad, wealthy and simple, (*) (*)
None of things is more precious than health!” (*) (*) (*)

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3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12.
3-6-9-12.
3-6-9.

My decision was so advantageous! (*) (*)
One can see that I really feel swell— (*) (*) (*)
I alone drink away monthly wages (*) (*)
And a quarterly bonus as well! (*) (*)

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