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LYRICS: Rodolfo M. Taboada
MUSIC: Maríano Mores

¿Quien fué el raro bicho
que te ha dicho, che pebete
que pasó el tiempo del firulete?
Por más que ronquen
los merengues y las congas
siempre fue tiempo para milonga.
Vos dejá nomás que algún chabón
chamuye al cuete y sacudile tu firulete
que desde el cerebro al alma
la milonga lo bordó.
Es el compás criollo y se acabó.
Pero escuchá, fijate bien,
prestale mucha atención
y ahora batí si hay algo igual
a este compás compadrón.
Bati, por Dios, si este compás
repicadito y dulzón
te burbujea en la piel
y te hace más querendón.
Pero escuchá...ja, ja... fijate bien,
prestale mucha atención.
Y ahora batí si este compás
no es un clavel reventón;
es el clavel, es el balcón,
es el percal, el arrabal,
el callejón, y es el loco firulete
de algun viejo metejón.

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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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