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LYRICS: Carlos De La Púa
MUSIC: Carlos De La Púa

Cortada de carabelas ...
reñidero mistongo de curdas y cafañas,
de vivillos de grupo y de vivos de veras
la cortada es el último refugio
de los canas y la cueva obligada
de las barras nocheras ...
Barajada en el naipe de las calles centrales
Carabelas es la carta mas brava del asfalto,
su abolengo ranero lo tiene por cabales
y a pesar del ambiente lo conserva bien alto,
el mejor elemento de vida cadenera
pasó por sus boliches tranquila y respetada,
desde la mina aquella de la crencha engrasada
a la grela orillera aquella del reloj de pulsera.
En sus rantes bulines han truqueado broncosas
las barras mas temibles de los tiempos pasados,
y sus viejas paredes presenciaron famosas peleas
que dejaban cuatro o cinco tajeados...
la clásica encordada de los grandes cantores
deschavaron sus penas en sus peringundines,
hoy... la vieja cortada de Carabelas
tiene nueva pinta, pero flota en su ambiente,
esa vida pasada, como flota en la viola
la cinta que pusiera prolija la mano enamorada
de una grela, una grela de la crencha engrasada.

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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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