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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “Someone Else’s Rut”.

A.
b*.
A.
b*.
C.
d*.
C.
d*.

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

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

(*) (*) But I’m to blame for my bad lot,
I groan and weep— (*) (*)
In someone else’s rut I got,
it’s long and deep. (*) (*)
I made my plan, I set my goal
deliberately, (*) (*)
And now I have no choice at all—
no liberty. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.

8+4.
8+3.

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

The verges of this well-trodden rut (*) (*) (*) (*)
Are steep and slippery with mud. (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.
A.
A.

7+3.
7+3.
7+3.
7+4.

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

I curse (those who discovered this rut), (*) (*) (*)
My for(bearance will soon give out), (*) (*) (*)
And I (say o’er and o’er like a nut), (*) (*) (*)
“To a (rut, in a rut, with a rut)...” (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b*.
A.
b*.
C.
d*.
C.
d*.

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

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

But what’s the reason to count this drive
unbearable? (*) (*)
I can’t declare that such a life
is terrible. (*) (*)
No one will caught your car or hit,
so don’t complain. (*) (*)
Ye even may increase your speed
along your lane. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.

8+4.
8+3.

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

There’s no denial in chow and sup, (*) (*) (*) (*)
While going forth within this rut. (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.
B.
B.

7+3.
7+3.
7+3.
7+4.

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

And I (quickly put trust in my luck)(*) (*) (*)
All a(round me also got stuck). (*) (*) (*)
Carry (on, chum, a wheel in a wheel)! (*) (*) (*)
And ye’ll (get right where all ever will). (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b*.
A.
b*.
C.
d*.
C.
d*.

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

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

Here someone gave a loud shout, (*) (*)
“Make way, ye there!” (*) (*)
And started struggling with the rut,
a crazy bear. (*) (*)
He simply wasted in this struggle
his soul’s warmth, (*) (*)
So his worn-out valves busted up—
and what there was. (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.

8+4.
8+3.

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

When struggling, he crumpled the rut verges— (*) (*) (*) (*)
Now it’s more wider than it was. (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.
B.
B.

7+3.
7+3.
7+3.
7+4.

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

But his (track was abruptly cut short)(*) (*) (*)
They dragged (this crazy bear off the road), (*) (*) (*)
For no (one has the right to obstruct) (*) (*) (*)
The hard (traffic in this good old rut). (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b*.
A.
b*.
C.
d*.
C.
d*.

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

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

I faced my turn—the battery drained,
and plugs can’t spark. (*) (*)
My peace went off and came vexation—
the car got stuck. (*) (*)
I ought to push it to the end,
but I can’t do— (*) (*)
Perhaps, behind me, there’s a friend
who’ll pull me through... (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.

8+4.
8+3.

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

But in the help I can’t put trust, (*) (*) (*) (*)
Because it’s someone else’s rut. (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.
B.
B.

7+3.
7+3.
7+3.
7+4.

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

How I (wish to spit with mud and clay) (*) (*) (*)
In this (rut that’s not mine anyway)! (*) (*) (*)
Now it’s (deeper because of my drive), (*) (*) (*)
And I’m (blamed by all driving behind). (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
b*.
A.
b*.
C.
d*.
C.
d*.

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

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

I felt myself break out in sweat
up to the bones, (*) (*)
And then I walked a bit ahead
along a board. (*) (*)
I saw that vernal flows cleared
my way, I gasped... (*) (*)
The way out of the rut appeared—
I’m saved, at last! (*) (*) (*) (*)

A.
A.

8+4.
8+3.

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

The tires spin and spit out mud— (*) (*) (*) (*)
To hell with someone else’s rut! (*) (*) (*)

A.
B.
A.
B.
B.
B.

9+3.
7+3.
7+3.
7+3.
7+3.
7.

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

Hey, back there! (*) Make your (way just like me)(*) (*) (*)
That’s, don’t (go the pathway I’m on). (*) (*) (*)
This new (rut appertains but to me), (*) (*) (*)
Get ye (out by a rut of your own)! (*) (*) (*)
Get ye (out by a rut of your own)! (*) (*) (*)
Get ye (out by a rut of your own)! (*) (*)

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