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LYRICS: M. Romero
MUSIC: Francisco Canaro

Parao en la vereda, bajo la lluvia
que me empapaba, la vi pasar,
el auto limusine como un estuche
de mina aislaba con su cristal.
Freno, me dio dos mangos
y en la mirada de indiferencia
que hecho al seguir

Note que para ella yo era un mendigo
sin importancia y me rei.
Gran perra las vueltas que tiene la vida
ayer yo era rico, su amor disfrute.
De sedas y encajes la tuve vestida
y alajas y coche, sin par le compre.
La timba más tarde, me tuvo apurado,
el juego es más perro que toda mujer

Sin plata muy pronto, me vi abandonado
y hoy mango de un peso, si quiero comer.
Que cambio, yo he sido un bacan afincado
y hoy pasa a mi lado casi sin mirar
y me tira limosna al pasar.

Parao en la vereda, bajo la lluvia
que me empapaba, hoy recorde,
los besos tan sinceros que ella me daba
cuando yo era su gran mishe.
Mujer, pa ser fayuta, dije amargado
y sus billetes despedace,
después, silbando un tango,
galgeando de hambre,
pa' mi cotorro me encamine.

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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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