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ANGELITOS NEGROS Lyrics

LYRICS: Eloy Blanco and Alvarez Maciste
MUSIC: Eloy Blanco, Alvarez Maciste and Orquesta de Francisco Canaro


Pintor nacido en mi tierra,
con el pincel extranjero, 
pintor que siques el rumbo,
de tantos pintores viejos.

Aunque la virgen sea blanca,
pintame angelitos negros,
que tambien se van al cielo,
todos los negritos buenos.

Pintor si pintas con amor,
¿porque desprecias su color,
si sabes que en el cielo,
tambien los quiere dios?.

Pintor de santos de alcoba,
si tienes alma en el cuerpo,
¿porque al pintar en tus cuadros,
te olvidaste de los negros?.

Siempre que pintas iglesias,
pintas angelitos bellos,
pero nunca te acordaste,
de pintar un angel negro.
	


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From Carole McCurdy: After that tanda, I found that every man I danced with that evening had something beautiful to offer, no matter their postural eccentricites or limitations of technique. In fact, their eccentricities and limitations were something to be respected and accorded a value, something that added rich flavor to the dance. If my partner is stiff as a board, well, it means that we begin the tanda by doing the 'stiff as a board' tango, which can offer some very creative moments of shared comedy, playing close to the edge of being off-balance. Whee-ha-ha. Maybe by the end of the tanda our dance will have expanded into something more soft and flexible and grounded, maybe not. The cortina has its own great value, after all.
I left the milonga that night feeling thrilled and humbled. How sorely I had underestimated these 'bad dancers,' how foolishly I had cheated myself out of the deeper pleasures of connecting in the dance. It wan't somebody else's fat ego getting in the way of dancing, it was my own.
Astrid responds: It works both ways. The great advantage (and burden) that women have in dancing the tango is that it enables them to experience a hundred different worlds, by dancing with different men and, if they are sensitive and intuitive enough, for a while becoming that man's creation to certain extent, for better or for worse...
It also works the other way round. One of the best dancers has told me that he dances in a different way with every woman, because she inspires him to do certain moves.
And the total is then always more than just the sum of its parts. Wish that in real life we also had some music to guide us to follow each other's steps...

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