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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “The Meter’s Ticking”.

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

He’s said elatedly, (*) (*) “That girl is mine!” (*) (*)
“It’s but a joke, friend, it’s but a joke! (*) (*) (*)
Come ye away— (*) (*) ye’re utterly in wine. (*) (*)
It’s not your business, boy, give up this road!” (*) (*) (*)

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

But he doesn’t quit, (*) (*) “I’ve really won today! (*) (*)
Let’s catch a cab, why not to take a roam? (*) (*) (*)
The meter’s ticking, (*) (*) but it’s all the same, (*) (*)
We won’t pay until the roam’s over.” (*) (*) (*)
The meter’s ticking, (*) (*) but it’s all the same, (*) (*)
We won’t pay until the roam’s over.” (*) (*) (*)

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

I take no pity (*) (*) on such queer birds, (*) (*)
Yet try to keep him being almost sober. (*) (*) (*)
But he again (*) (*) talks big about her... (*) (*)
“Now ye shouldn’t say, friend, even a word over!” (*) (*) (*)

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

My blood and wine (*) (*) start boiling in my veins, (*) (*)
And with a smile like I had heretofore, (*) (*) (*)
I softly say to him, (*) (*) “It’s all the same, (*) (*)
But ye shall pay, friend, when the roam’s over!” (*) (*) (*)
I softly say to him, (*) (*) “It’s all the same, (*) (*)
But ye shall pay, friend, when the roam’s over!” (*) (*) (*)

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

Nor words nor tears (*) (*) can touch me tonight— (*) (*)
I want to fight, and I’ve been really strengthened! (*) (*) (*)
“It’s not the moment (*) (*) to discuss my right— (*) (*)
Ye have to pay for that, and ye shall pay, friend!..” (*) (*) (*) (*) (*)

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

Life drives me forth (*) (*) and I enjoy the way. (*) (*)
I’m feeling good, I want to laugh and joke. (*) (*) (*)
The meter’s ticking, (*) (*) but it’s all the same, (*) (*)
We won’t pay until the roam’s over... (*)
The meter’s ticking, (*) (*) but it’s all the same, (*) (*)
We won’t pay until the roam’s over... (*) (*)

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