I’m working, with my knife in hand, -
Don’t vex me now, you understand,
And later – I’ll be going to the bar.
Let people think that I’m insane,
But I obtain – I drink my gain, -
And I will do it as I’ve done so far.
A man walks up to me, enraged,
And he declares, “In this tough age,
I want to execute all crooks like you!”
And in response, I caught this chap, -
I didn’t reason, simply stabbed, -
And I’ll continue to do just as I do.
You want to tell me what you think -
Come sit with me and we will drink, -
And every problem we’ll discuss and fix.
But if you come with his intent, -
One rule applies to every man
And it will always stay just as it is.
By Vladimir Vysotsky
Translation by Andrey Kneller