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LYRICS: Leopoldo Díaz Vélez
MUSIC: Tito Ribero

Con la milonga la voy
de igual a igual
porque también soy milonga...
Nací en un barrio sencillo y querendón
y me fajaron al son del bandoneón.
Cuando hubo bronca entre guapos
no siempre el más taura
quedaba de capo.
Se caminaba con aire sobrador,
se chamuyaba al revés por diversión
y era el piropo una industria nacional,
florida y sentimental.
Con la milonga la voy
de igual a igual...
Somos del mismo arrabal.

Vamos subiendo la cuesta,
que arriba a la noche
se viste de fiesta;
vamos que arrullan los fueyes
y al ritmo de un tango
recuerdos nos llueven...
Veo pasar a Don Juan y El Cachafáz
y a El Entrerriano montando El pangaré,
con La Morocha argentina
y la casquivana Ivette...
Con la milonga la voy
de igual a igual:
yo soy porteño de ley.

En un convoy de San Telmo florecí
entre perfumes de rosas y jazmín
y no hubo noche de plata
que no me prendiera
a la serenata.
Por amistades no me pude quejar
- desde el más taura al shusheta más bacán -
y pa'bailar fue lo mismo el salón
que el patio del corralón...
Con la milonga la voy
de igual a igual...
Somos del mismo arrabal.

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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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