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ARRABALERA Lyrics

LYRICS: Cátulo Castillo
MUSIC: Sebastian Piana


I

Mi casa fue un corralon,
de arrabal bien proletario,
papel de diario el pañal,
del cajon, en que me crie...
Para mostrar mi blason,
pedigree modesto y sano,
oiga, che... presenteme...
Soy Felisa Roverano...
Tanto gusto... no hay de que...

II

Arrabelera,
como flor de enredadera,
que crecio en el callejon...
Arrabalera,
yo soy propia hermana entera,
de Chiclana y compadron...
Si me gano el morfi diario,
que me importa el diccionario,
ni el hablar con distinción.
Tengo un sello de nobleza...
Soy porteña de una pieza...
Tengo voz de bandoneón.

I Bis

Si se me da la ocasión,
de bailar un tango "arrespe",
encrespe su corazón,
de varon sentimental...
Y al revoliar mi percal,
marqueme su firulete,
que en el brete musical,
se conoce... la gran siete,
mi prosapia de 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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