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EL CHOCLO lyrics

LYRICS: Enrique Santos Discépolo
MUSIC: Ángel Gregorio Villoldo

Con este tango que es burlon y compadrito
se ato dos alas la ambición de mi suburbio;
con este tango nacio el tango y como un grito
salio del sordido barrial buscando el cielo;

Conjuro extraño de un amor hecho cadencia
que abrio caminos sin más luz que la esperanza,
mezcla de rabia de dolor, de fe, de ausencia
llorando en la inocencia de un ritmo jugueton.

Por tu milagro de notas agoreras,
nacieron sin pensarlo, las paicas y las grelas,
luna de charcos, canyengue en las caderas,
y un ansia fiera en la manera de querer...

Al evocarte, tango querido,
siento que tiemblan las baldosas de un bailongo
y oigo el rezongo de mi pasado...

Hoy, que no tengo más a mi madre,
siento que llega en punta'e pie para besarme
cuando tu canto nace al son de un bandoneón...

Carancanfunfa se hizo al mar con tu bandera
y en un 'pernó' mezclo a Paris con Puente Alsina,
triste compadre del gavion y de la mina
y hasta comadre del bacan y la pebeta.

Por vos shusheta, cana, reo y mishiadura
se hicieron voces al nacer con tu destino...
Misa de faldas, querosen, tajo y cuchillo,
que ardio en los conventillos y ardio en mi corazón!

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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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