Very Tango

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LYRICS: Ivo Pelay and Francisco Canaro
MUSIC: Maríano Mores
YEAR: 1945

Adios, Pampa mia... me voy,
me voy a tierras extrañas.
Adios, caminos que he recorrido,
rios, montes y quebradas.
Tapera donde he nacido...
Si no volvemos a vernos,
tierra querida,
quiero que sepas
que al irme dejo la vida.

Al dejarte, Pampa mia,
ojos y alma se me llenan
con el verde de tu pasto
y el temblor de las estrellas;
con el canto de los vientos
y el sollozar de viguelas
que me alegraron a veces
y otras me hicieron llorar.

Adios... Pampa mia...
Me voy camino de la esperanza.
Adios, llanuras que he galopado,
sendas, lomas y quebradas,
lugares donde he soñado.
Yo he de volver a tu suelo
cuando presienta
que mi alma escapa
como paloma, hasta el cielo.
Adios... Pampa querida... Adios.	

Tango Shoes

In tango, the relationship between lead and follower, man and woman, is so intense and all consuming, that there is simply no time for small talk. The last man I danced with, I know more intricately in many ways than his lover: I know that he perspires in a tiny spot above his brow; that when the dance slows and our connection is tight, his breathing almost stops; that when my leg sweeps his, he arches his neck imperceptibly upwards; that when another couple got too close he subconsciously enclosed me in a protective embrace; and that his hand rested so delicately on the flesh of my back. Yet all I know about him are his name and his country of origin. Small talk is a luxury not afforded to us tango addicts. - Anastasia Demaggio

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