I don't think I've translated a Yuri Vizbor song before; he has a somewhat more mainstream-bard temperament than the songwriters I usually translate, as he has somewhat less sophisticated melodies. But this song is kind of stuck in my head today. I'm not sure why, but the last four lines make me tear up a little. 

I am teaching to play the guitar now,
To a guy on an icebreaker crew.
As the ice shatters under the bow,
Sasha grips the frets tighter anew.
I have gotten a stubborn apprentice,
He is tugging the strings with his soul:
On his table a telegram sent is:
"I've stopped loving you. Bye. And don't call."

Right along among bergs rolling ramming,
Smiles a lady in the snapshot we see:
New Igarka, Los-Dudinka, ma'am,
And the strange foreign village Tiksis.
New Igarka, Los-Dudinka, ma'am,
And the strange foreign village Tiksis.

My guitar skills are not very mighty, 
And the frets send me fretting at times - 
I had learned from the local teen fighters 
In Moscow yards lined with poplars and limes. 
But to Sasha I'm god, as I'm claiming:
Without music he's now a lost man. 
Vizbor Yosich*, he weirdly named me, 
Showing me his respect as he can. 

Right along among bergs rolling ramming, 
Smiles a lady in the snapshot we see: 
New Igarka, Los-Dudinka, ma'am, 
And the strange foreign village Tiksis.
New Igarka, Los-Dudinka, ma'am,
And the strange foreign village Tiksis.

Oh, the iceman's harpoon so long-ranging 
Has a treacherous stroke to be sure. 
And the seven worn strings that need changing 
Are now left as protection and cure. 
He says, "Nitpicking, this, anyhow, 
So she made a mistake in her mind..." 
I go teach folks to play the guitar now, 
And I'm learning from folks to be kind. 

Right along among bergs rolling ramming, 
Smiles a lady in the snapshot we see: 
New Igarka, Los-Dudinka, ma'am, 
And the strange foreign village Tiksis.
New Igarka, Los-Dudinka, ma'am,
And the strange foreign village Tiksis.

- Yuri Vizbor

*the proper respectful title for Vizbor would have been Yuri Yosifovich, or Yuri Yosich in short - Sasha using his last name as a first name does make for a weird name.

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