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LYRICS: Ivo Pelay
MUSIC: Francisco Canaro

El desconfiar es cosa necesaria
para enfrentar los tiempos que corremos
y hay que dudar de buena y de contraria
y no creer, ni aquello que creemos...
Parecerá que soy un ofuscado
pero es que estoy un poco escarmentado...
y "pensar mal, para acertar"
es un adagio que hay que enseñar...

Cuando veas que un amigo
que te viene a visitar
de otro empieza a chimentar...
Cuando el novio muy galante
si vas sola a pasear
te pretenda acompañar...
Cuando una chica pregunta
si soltero te quedás
o por qué no te casas...
Desconfiale a tus amigos
desconfiale a tus parientes
pero en cambio a tu mujer...
Desconfiale a todo el mundo
y no te casés con nadie
que en la duda está el saber...

No desconfiar es cosa de inocentes,
hoy que a granel se asoman los piratas
y tipos hay forrados y pudientes
que fingen ser más pobres que las ratas.
Conviene estar hoy día bien despierto
y desconfiar lo mismo que hace el tuerto
y semblantear, para lograr
las intenciones desentrañar.

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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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