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BANDONEON ARRABALERO Lyrics

LYRICS: Pascual Contursi
MUSIC: Juan Bautista Deambrogio


Bandoneon arrabalero,
viejo fuelle desinflado,
te encontre como a un pebete
que la madre abandono
en la puerta de un convento
sin reboque en las paredes,
a la luz de un farolito
que de noche te alumbro.

Bandoneon,
porque ves que estoy triste
y cantar ya no puedo,
vos sabes
que yo llevo en el alma
marcao un dolor.

Te lleve a mi pieza,
te acune en mi pecho frio,
yo también abandonado
me encontraba en el bulin;
has querido consolarme
con tu voz enronquecida
y tus notas doloridas
aumento mi berretin.
	


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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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