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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “A Family in the Stone Age”.

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

(*) (*) Ye, silly, give me back my stone ax! (*) (*)
Don’t hide the skins which I put on my thighs! (*) (*)
Stop talking, my poor head already cracks! (*) (*)
Sit still and add some wood—the fire dies! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

Your pettiness impairs my soul and heart, (*) (*)
It gives our life a very boring touch! (*) (*)
The cave’s a mess and soot’s all o’er the hearth— (*) (*)
This matriarchy pampered you too much! (*) (*) (*)

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

Man’s the boss (*) and the principal, (*)
Wife’s obedient (*) and cordial! (*)
Ye must stick (*) to this principle, (*)
Keep in mind— (*) we’re primordial. (*) (*)

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

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

My tribesmen killed a mammoth in the pit, (*) (*)
Without me, they’re sharing the prey... (*) (*)
Forever by your side I cannot sit— (*) (*)
A man must slaughter something every day! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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10+2.
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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’m now waiting for the tribal sage, (*) (*)
Don’t meet him naked, dress the way ye should! (*) (*)
It’s a great shame that in the Stone Age, (*) (*)
I got no stones, genuine and good! (*) (*) (*)

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

Several wives— (*) that’s for what I long, (*)
Then ye’d know (*) your place probably! (*)
But at present (*) I’m not so strong, (*)
So I live (*) in monogamy. (*) (*)

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10+2.
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10+4.

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

Ye’re all to blame! My uncle alerted me— (*) (*)
He who went for a lion and was lost, (*) (*)
“Those cannibals are come of the Devil’s kin— (*) (*)
Their wives are stiff and try to rule the roast!” (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

Stop setting me against my own tribe, (*) (*)
No one harassed you, drop your stupid lies! (*) (*)
Don’t vilify our youth, don’t even try, (*) (*)
But in the youth our happy future lies! (*) (*) (*)

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b*.

9+1.
9+1.
9+1.
9+2.

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

Man’s the boss (*) and the principal, (*)
Wife’s obedient (*) and cordial! (*)
Ye must stick (*) to this principle, (*)
Keep in mind— (*) we’re primordial. (*) (*)

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B.
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B.

10+2.
10+2.
10+2.
10.

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

Stop whimpering, so far I was polite! (*) (*)
Where are the skins? Look, people will laugh at me!.. (*) (*)
Give back my ax—I ask of you, my wife, (*) (*)
Or I will bite you when I count to three! (*) (*)

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