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MALENA lyrics

LYRICS: Homero Manzi
MUSIC: Lucio Demare

Malena canta el tango
como ninguna
y en cada verso pone
su corazón;
a yuyo del suburbio
su voz perfuma,
Malena tiene pena
de bandoneón.
Tal vez alla en la infancia
su voz de alondra
tomo ese tono oscuro
del callejon,
o acaso aquel romance
que solo nombra
cuando se pone triste
con el alcohol.
Malena canta el tango
con voz de sombra,
Malena tiene pena
de bandoneón.

Tu canción
tiene el frio del último encuentro,
tu canción
se hace amarga en la sal del recuerdo.
Yo no se
si tu voz es la flor de una pena,
solo se
que al rumor de tus tangos, Malena,
te siento más buena
mas buena que yo.

Tus ojos son oscuros
como el olvido,
tus labios apretados
como el rencor,
tus manos, dos palomas
que sienten frio,
tus venas tienen sangre
de bandoneón.
Tus tangos son criaturas
que cruzan sobre el barro
del callejon
cuando todas las puertas
estan cerradas
y ladran los fantasmas
de la canción.
Malena canta el tango
con voz quebrada;
Malena tiene pena
de bandoneón.

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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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