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

The Structure of Vladimir Vysotsky’s Song “I’m on the Job”.

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(*) (*) I’m on the job and with a knife,
And don’t ye touch me at this time!
Then I as ever go to a mess. (*) (*) (*) (*)
It makes no difference what they say,
All what I’ve gained I drink away,
And I’ll forever walk this way, my friends. (*) (*) (*) (*)
It makes no difference what they say,
All what I’ve gained I drink away,
And I’ll forever walk this way, my friends. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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A man comes up to me and says,
“Life is too arduous nowadays—
The scums like you must spend their time in cells.” (*) (*) (*) (*)
I never talk with queer birds,
And did him in without words,
And I’ll forever do the same, my friends. (*) (*) (*) (*)
I never talk with queer birds,
And did him in without words,
And I’ll forever do the same, my friends. (*) (*) (*) (*)

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If ye’re just curious what I think—
Ye’re welcome, friend, let’s have a drink,
And any problem we’ll take up and fix. (*) (*) (*) (*)
But if ye’re on that queer’s path—
The law applies to all of us,
And it’ll forever stay just as it is. (*) (*) (*) (*)
But if ye’re on that queer’s path—
The law applies to all of us,
And it’ll forever stay just as it is. (*) (*)

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