Iíll answer all your questions through and through, You are so curious, - Iíll give you satisfaction. Iím married, and my wife is French, itís true, By origin, however, she is Russian. Do I have lovers now? Oh no! Shall I have any? I have no intention. I gave up drinking two or so years ago. Will I start drinking? Itís an open question. I do not live near the "Sokol" station And havenít penetrated Paris yet... Come on, donít try to make insinuations. Donít be allusive, ask me straight! Iíll answer all your questions, and Iíll be Quite frank, as if I were to make confession. Iíve made your mouths water as I see, And I expect now a confusing question. "Youíve not been faithful to your wife, have you?" - Embarrassingly asked me a reporter, As if heíd been behind the curtain, too, Or lain under the bed with a recorder. I do not live near the "Sokol" station And havenít penetrated Paris yet... Come on, donít try to make insinuations. Donít be allusive, ask me straight! Now Iím coming to the most important thing: A modest man, who tried to keep his balance, Inquired: "What did you actually mean By saying what you said in songs and ballads?" The answer was: "Iím not an Aesop nor Do I have anything up my sleeve I meant what I had written, - nothing more. Look at my sleeve. You see? I donít deceive". I do not live near the "Sokol" station And havenít penetrated Paris yet... Come on, donít try to make insinuations. Donít be allusive, ask me straight!
© Alec Vagapov. Translation, 1999