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

The Structure of the Song “A Road Story”.

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12+4.
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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

(*) (*) I’d grown up a handsome lad— (*) (*)
Thanks to my Mom and to my Dad— (*) (*)
And got along with different people well, indeed. (*) (*) (*) (*)
I never bent my mighty back,
And never meant to cheat or stack,
And both my hands did help my head in what I did. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
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12+4.
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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

My life was full of jabs and kicks— (*) (*)
I was imprisoned, then beat the bricks, (*) (*)
And wandered o’er the whole country back and forth. (*) (*) (*) (*)
I thought I’d never get a job, (*) (*)
But met up a recruiter snob, (*) (*)
And now I’m driving heavy trucks up to the North. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

The road is muddy and the truck (*) (*)
Has sunk to axles and gotten stuck. (*) (*)
We can but wait, my mate for long is keeping mum. (*) (*) (*) (*)
I wish he’d rather bark or bray—
Three hundred miles on either way,
But he’s just clattering his teeth, my driving chum. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

We both knew well about the road, (*) (*)
And how they waited for this load,
So we set off despite the risks— (*) (*) such is our trade. (*) (*)
The year’s ending is today—
Three hundred miles on either way,
And the snowstorm has cut out us from any aid. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

He suddenly bursts out with a yell, (*) (*)
“Switch off this bloody truck to hell! (*) (*)
By sitting here we really go to the doom! (*) (*) (*) (*)
Three hundred miles on either way— (*) (*)
Ye’re crazy if ye wanna stay, (*) (*)
Soon the snowstorm will turn this truck into a tomb!” (*) (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
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12+4.
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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

I say to him, “Ye make me retch,” (*) (*)
But in return he grabs a wrench, (*) (*)
And stares at me, his face is like a deadly mask. (*) (*) (*) (*)
Three hundred miles on either way,
And he, who’ll be successful to stay,
Prove out his innocence to coppers if they ask. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

He was my brother, and e’en more—
I used to hand-feed him before,
And now his eye is as malign as it could be. (*) (*) (*) (*)
If he can get the lucky stripe, (*) (*)
No one will e’er call to mind (*) (*)
The circumstance that what he’s gotten he owes to me. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

But he set forward to the dark. (*) (*)
I wished him all the best of luck, (*) (*)
Then fell asleep and dreamed about our merry feast: (*) (*) (*) (*)
Three hundred miles on either way, (*) (*)
And there’s a labyrinth where I stray— (*) (*)
I seek the exit and can’t find, it doesn’t exist! (*) (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
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2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10.
2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16.

The end was simple—through the snow (*) (*)
Rolled up a tractor with a tow, (*) (*)
And with a doctor— (*) (*) so the truck has reached its goal. (*) (*) (*) (*)
My mate returned, and he looked whipped... (*) (*)
Well, soon there’ll be another trip— (*) (*)
I don’t hold grudges, we’re companions after all. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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8+2.
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12.

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

My mate returned, and he looked whipped... (*) (*)
Well, soon there’ll be another trip— (*) (*)
I don’t hold grudges, we’re companions after all. (*) (*)

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