Lyrical song of the mountain
So there, the tremor left my hands
Now - to the top.
The fear has plunged into the depths
Now, I won’t stop!
No cause for rest, no time to ease
I skid, I screech,
And in this world there are no peaks
That can’t be reached!
Among the undiscovered paths
Let one be mine,
The obstacles which weren’t passed
I’ll break with time!
The names of those who’ve fallen here
The snows conceal
Among the roads on the frontier
There’s one - for me.
The ice on frozen cliffs and crags
Reflects the sky
Beneath the granite, someone’s tracks
And secrets lie!
I see my dream, in full awareness
Above all else,
I still believe in truth and fairness
Of words and depths!
And let the stubborn time advance
I won’t forget
That here by will and not by chance
I’ve moved ahead.
I heard the water sing to me:
“Wish you the best...”
What was the day?... oh, could it be?
A Wednesday, yes...
By Vladimir Vysotsky
Translation by Andrey Kneller