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LYRICS: Lito Bayardo
MUSIC: Lito Bayardo

Cuando tuve que enfrentarme
Mano a mano con la vida,
Cuando me encontré en la senda
De mi incierto porvenir;
Compreendi que estava solo
Para iniciar la partida,
Sin más chance que mis ansias
De triunfar o sucumbir.

Y después cuando mis padres
Me echaran en la frente,
Y lloraran por el hijo
A que nunca viran más;
Me alejé por esos mundos
A anunciar serenamente
Y aguantando mil reveses
Al final pude llegar.

Hoy no pueden convencerme
Los cuatro lágrimas tuyas,
Que sos muñeca moderna
Y yo con eso no estoy.
Para que vivir la vida
Con tantas complicaciones?
Estoy bien con mis amigos,
En este ambiente sencillo,
Y soy feliz como soy.

Para que vivir la vida
Con tantas...

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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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