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LYRICS: Alberto Vacarezza
MUSIC: Raúl de los Hoyos

Salud, mi arroyo del Maldonado,
mi viejo amigo del arrabal.
Hoy que estoy triste vengo a tu lado
para cantarte todo mi mal.
Desde cachorro jugué en tus aguas
y fue en tu barro que yo me crié
y me perdieron unas enaguas
del mismo barro que yo amasé.

Siguiendo solo mi metedura
sin pena alguna te abandoné
y enceguecido por su hermosura
por darle lujos hasta robé.
Como en el tiempo de mi condena
jamás la ingrata me vino a ver,
en tus orillas, como alma en pena,
busco el olvido de esa mujer.

Vos que en silencio fuiste testigo
de mil tragedias de odio y amor,
decime donde, mi viejo amigo,
se halla la causa de mi dolor.
Decime, arroyo, porque este carro
de mi existencia me ha hecho saber
que aquel que un día dejó tu barro
tarde o temprano te viene a ver.

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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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