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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “Be Thankful”.

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(*) (*) Don’t care if ye’re a nail and not a hammer, (*) (*) (*)
Don’t care if your career took a dive, (*) (*) (*) (*)
Don’t care if ye spent years in the slammer— (*) (*) (*)
Be thankful for the fact that ye’re alive! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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11+3.
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2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
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So what if your card partner kicked the bucket? (*) (*) (*)
So what if your true love told you a lie? (*) (*) (*) (*)
So what if they deceived you like a sucker? (*) (*) (*)
Be thankful for the fact that ye’re alive! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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11+3.
10+4.
11+3.
10+4.

2-4-6-8-10-12-14.
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Don’t worry if ye’re tortured by sarcoma, (*) (*) (*)
Don’t worry if ye stirred up a beehive, (*) (*) (*) (*)
Don’t worry if ye fell into a coma— (*) (*) (*)
Be thankful for the fact that ye’re alive! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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11+3.
10+4.
11+3.
10+4.

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

It’s nothing if ye stayed o’er in the sawdust, (*) (*) (*)
It’s nothing if but troubles boom and thrive, (*) (*) (*) (*)
It’s nothing if ye’re said to be the broadest— (*) (*) (*)
Be thankful for the fact that ye’re alive! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.
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B.

11+3.
10+4.
11+3.
10+4.

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

It’s true that I should answer for my blunders, (*) (*) (*)
It’s true that I myself choose where to drive!.. (*) (*) (*) (*)
Of course, it’s true! But my griped soul wonders: (*) (*) (*)
Who’s he whom should I thank that I’m alive? (*) (*) (*) (*)

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B.

11+3.
10.

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

Of course, it’s true! But my griped soul wonders: (*) (*) (*)
Who’s he whom should I thank that I’m alive? (*) (*)

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