Nath Pinkertonís a sleuth no one can beat! Since my teen days heís been my biggest idol, But with all that I must, of course, admit - His criminals were plain, naive and idle! Iíve got excellent ears and eyes, No one can escape my incursion! And I know so much of you, guys, That Iím feeling disgust and aversion! Suspecting everything - this is my methodís base, Which I obtained through practicing and learning. Iím sure a criminal will always leave a trace And to the scene of crime he later is returning. Iíve got excellent ears and eyes, No one can escape my incursion! And I know so much of you, guys, That Iím feeling disgust and aversion! Detectives have unpleasant, gloomy looks, Their characters arenít lovely and appealing, Because with gangsters, murderers and crooks, With scallywags and liars we are dealing! Iíve got excellent ears and eyes, No one can escape my incursion! And I know so much of you, guys, That Iím feeling disgust and aversion! When thereís a feast and everyone is drunk, When everybody laughs and sings and dances - Itís not for me - I rummage in the junk And peep in windows and look through slots in fences. Iíve got excellent ears and eyes, No one can escape my incursion! And I know so much of you, guys, That Iím feeling disgust and aversion! Life makes us play the roles it perceives; The worldís a stage - I learned it from Shakespeare. And in this show scoundrels and thieves As well as harlots never disappear. Iíve got excellent ears and eyes, No one can escape my incursion! And I know so much of you, guys, That Iím feeling disgust and aversion! But thereís a name I cherish in my heart. The womanís name that gives me light and hope! Sheís acting out a constructive part, Not letting me become a misanthrope! Iíve got excellent ears and eyes, No one can escape my incursion! And I know so much of you, guys, That Iím feeling disgust and aversion!
© George Tokarev. Translation, 2008
Edited by Robert Titterton