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LYRICS: Alfredo Le Pera
MUSIC: Carlos Gardel

Arrabal amargo
Metido en mi vida
Como una condena
De una maldición,
Tus sombras torturan
mis horas de sueño,
Tu noche se encierra
En mi corazón
Con ella a mi lado
No vi tus tristezas,
Tu barro y miseria,
Ella era mi luz
Y ahora vencido
Arrastro mi alma,
Clavado a tus calles
Igual que a una cruz.

Rinconcito arrabalero
Con el toldo de estrellas
De tu patio que quiero
Todo, todo se ilumina
Cuando ella vuelve a verte,
Y mis viejas madreselvas
Estan en flor para quererte
Como una nube que pasa,
Mis ensueños se van,
Se van, no vuelven mas.

I (Bis)
No digas a nadie
que ya no me quieres,
Si a mi me preguntan
Dire que vendras
Y así cuando vuelvas
Mi alma te juro
Los ojos extraños
No se asombraran
Veras como todos
esperaban ansiosos.
Mi blanca casita
Y el viejo rosal,
Y como de nuevo
Alivia sus penas
Vestido de fiesta
Mi lindo arrabal.

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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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