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LYRICS: R. Iriarte
MUSIC: J.C. Fernández Díaz

A los conciertos que dan los fuelles
protestadores en sus gemidos
se están luciendo con sus quebradas
los compadrones en el lugar

Y las chirusas endomingadas
en sus miradas tienen el brillo
de la alegría que ha derramado
el tango errante y sentimental

En medio del conventillo
se ha parado un compadrito
que contempla de hito en hito
toda la gente en su excitación

Nada le importa que alli se baile,
él a bailar no ha venido
busca a aquella que lo ha herido
en medio del corazón

Y cuando encuentra a la traicionera
a la ladrona de su ilusión
la mano crispa con ansia fiera
sobre la masa de su facón

Y como un tigre sobre su presa
salta ligero y asesta un tajo
que roja marca deja sangrando
y el tango muere en el bandoneón

Y luego, sin darse prisa
apartando a los curiosos
se retira receloso
ante un murmullo de admiración

Pero apenas dió algunos pasos
se volvió y con arrebato
les gritó de puro guapo:
"Me he cobrado su traición"

Y las chirusas endomingadas
en sus miradas tienen el brillo
de la alegría que ha derramado
el tango errante y sentimental

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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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