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TINTA ROJA lyrics

LYRICS: Cátulo Castillo
MUSIC: Sebastian Piana


Paredón, 
tinta roja en el gris 
del ayer...
Tu emoción 
de ladrillo, feliz
sobre mi callejón, 
con un borrón,
pintó la esquina...
Y el botón 
que en el ancho de la noche
puso el filo de la ronda
como un broche...
Y aquel buzón 
carmín, 
y aquel fondín
donde lloraba el tano
un rubio amor lejano
que mojaba con bon vin.

¿Dónde estará mi arrabal?...
¿Quién se robó mi niñez?...
¿En qué rincón, luna mía,
volcás, como entonces,
tu clara alegría?
Veredas que yo pisé,
malevos que ya no son,
bajo tu cielo de raso
trasnocha un pedazo
de mi corazón...

Paredón, 
tinta roja en el gris 
del ayer...
Borbotón 
de mi sangre infeliz
que vertí en el malvón
de aquel balcón 
que la escondía...
Yo no sé
si fue negro de mis penas,
o fue rojo de tus venas 
mi sangría...
Porque llegó y se fue tras el carmín
y el gris 
fondín lejano
donde lloraba el tano
sus nostalgias de bon vin!
	


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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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