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Atenti Pebeta Lyrics

LYRICS: Celedonio Esteban Flores
MUSIC: Ciriaco Ortíz
YEAR: 1929

Cuando estés en la vereda 
y te fiche un bacanazo, 
vos hacete la chitrula 
y no te le deschavés;

que no manye que estás lista 
al primer tiro de lazo
y que un par de leones
bién planchados te perdés.-

Cuando vengas para el centro, 
caminá mirando el suelo,
arrastrando los fanguyos
y arrimada a la pared.

Como si ya no tuvieras
ilusiones ni consuelo,
pues, si no, dicen los giles,
que te has echao a perder.-

Si ves unos guantes patito, ¡rajáles!.
A un par de polainas, ¡rajáles también!.
A esos sobretodos con catorce ojales
no le dés bolilla, porque te perdés;

A esos bigotitos de catorce líneas
que en vez de bigotes son un espinel...
¡Atenti pebeta!. Seguí mi consejo;
yo soy zorro viejo y te quiero bién.-

Abajate la pollera 
por donde nace el tobillo,
dejate crecer el pelo 
y un buen rodete lucí.-

Comprate un corsé de fierro
con remaches y tornillos
y dale el olivo al polvo
a la crema y al carmín.-

Tomá leche con vainillas
o chocolate con churros
aunque estés en el momento 
propiamente del vermut.-

Después comprate un bufoso
y cachando al primer turro, 
por amores contrariados
le hacés perder la salud.	

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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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