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LYRICS: Carlos Bahr
MUSIC: Manuel Sucher

Yo sé que aunque tu boca me enloquece
besarla está prohibido sin perdón.
Y sé que aunque también tú me deseas,
hay alguien interpuesto entre los dos.
Quién pudo presentir que el verdadero amor
nos golpearía de este modo el corazón;
ya tarde, cuando estamos sin remedio,
prisionero de la equivocación!

El deseo nos junta
y el honor nos separa...
y aunque amar no es disculpa,
que salve de culpa, el amor...
tu destino es quererme,
mi destino es quererte.
Y el destino es más fuerte
que el prejuicio, el deber y el honor...

De otro brazo andarás por la vida,
pero tu alma estará donde estoy...
Por prohibido que sea
que en mis brazos te tenga!
En el mundo no hay fuerza que pueda prohibir
que te quiera...
y me mate este amor.

No es culpa si la vida en su designio
cruzó nuestros caminos al andar.
Ni es culpa si este amor que está prohibido
ha entrado en nuestras almas sin llamar.
Debemos doblegarnos y sufrir los dos
por esta amarga y más que cruel separación...
Mas nunca el corazón podrá, aunque queriendo,
renunciar al derecho de este amor.

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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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