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LYRICS: Francisco Canaro
MUSIC: Francisco Canaro

Cara sucia, cara sucia, cara sucia
te has venido con la cara sin lavar
esa cara tan bonita y picarona,
que refleja una pasión angelical.
Si tu cara fuera espejo de tu alma
siempre sucia la debias de llevar
y mis labios tuvieron que ser la fuente
donde tu cara se tendria que lavar.

Anda a lavarte la cara
en la fuente del amor
y que el brillo de tus ojos
igualen siempre a tus labios rojos
anda a lavarte la cara
que deslumbra como el sol.
Y hasta el mismo San Antonio pecaria,
cara sucia, cara sucia,
confesandote su amor.

Por tu audacia y tu figura de pillete
por tu modo coqueton de caminar
por tu raza de traviesa pispireta
por tu modo malicioso de mirar
por tu rubia ensortijada cabellera
por tu modo encantador de conversar
es motivo para que todos los mozos
cara sucia te critiquen al pasar.

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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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