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LYRICS: Celedonio Esteban Flores
MUSIC: José Razzano

Soy un Porteño nacido
en el barrio que se cuadre,
niño bien, medio compadre,
sobrador y consentido.
Tengo fama de aburrido
y ando gualgueando la guita
pero guardo la infinita
nobleza del ser humano.
Si canto con "Mano a Mano"
lloro con "La Cumparsita".

Me hice una ley: ser derecho
en la mala y en la buena,
silbo y desato la pena
que se hizo nudo en mi pecho.
Guardo en mi alma en acecho
una pasión sin medida
y sé yugarme la vida
por un naipe y una dama!
Si me habrán dejao de cama
naipes, paicas y bebidas.

Me templé en los bodegones
sacando lustre al estaño,
vi hacer callo al desengaño
en corazón de varones;
pianto de los metejones
que trae el amor fulero,
pero soy bueno y sincero
cuando el amor me echa garra.
¡Yo soy como una guitarra:
canto y lloro cuando quiero!

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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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