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LYRICS: Homero Manzi
MUSIC: Aníbal Carmelo Troilo (Pichuco)

Un pedazo de barrio, alla en Pompeya,
durmiendose al costado del terraplen.
Un farol balanceando en la barrera
y el misterio de adiós que siembra el tren.
Un ladrido de perros a la luna,
el amor escondido en un porton,
y los sapos redoblando en la laguna
y a lo lejos la voz del bandoneón.

Barrio de tango, luna y misterio,
calles lejanas, como estaran!
Viejos amigos que hoy ni recuerdo
que se habran hecho, que es lo que haran!
Barrio de tango, que fue de aquella
Juana, la rubia que tanto ame,
Sabra que sufro, pensando en ella,
desde la tarde en que la deje...
Barrio de tango, luna y misterio,
desde el recuerdo te vuelvo a ver!

Un coro de silbidos, alla en la esquina.
El codillo llenando el almacen.
Y el dramon de la palida vecina
que ya nunca salio a mirar el tren.
Asi evoco tus noches, barrio 'e tango,
con las chatas entrando al corralon
y la luna chapalendo sobre el fango
y a lo lejos la voz del bandoneón.

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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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