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LYRICS: Manuel Romero
MUSIC: Azucena Maizani

Buenos Aires, cuando lejos me vi
sólo hallaba consuelo
en las notas de un tango dulzón
que lloraba el bandoneón.
Buenos Aires, suspirando por ti
bajo el sol de otro cielo,
cuánto lloró mi corazón
escuchando tu nostálgica canción.

Canción maleva, canción de Buenos Aires,
hay algo en tus entrañas que vive y que perdura.
Canción maleva, lamento de amargura,
sonrisa de esperanza, sollozo de pasión.
Ese es el tango canción de Buenos Aires,
nacido en el suburbio que hoy reina en todo el mundo.
Este es el tango que llevo muy profundo
clavado en lo más hondo del criollo corazón.

Buenos Aires donde el tango nació,
tierra mía querida.
Yo quisiera poderte ofrendar
todo el alma en mi cantar
y le pido a mi destino el favor
de que al fin de mi vida
oiga el llorar del bandoneón
entonando tu nostálgica canción.

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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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