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LYRICS: Samuel Castriota
MUSIC: Eugenio Cárdenas

Callóse la gente que el patio llenaba,
hubo un cuchicheo pidiendo atención
y del viejo fueye como si llorara
la vieja milonga así les habló:
"Yo soy la vieja milonga que hizo temblar,
con sus notas melodiosas,
a los mozos y las mozas
que eran el alma del arrabal.
Yo soy el tango genuino y sentimental,
el que alegró la muchachada,
mientras que en la madugada
quedó vibrando el eco del ritmo triunfal.
Una historia maleva yo guardo en cada nota
y he visto la derrota del más guapo varón.
Yo soy el tango puro, sin variación ni brillo,
que allá en los "conventiyos" su espíritu dejó.
Me han llevado a los salones 
y han querido transformarme;
pero aunque quieran cambiarme 
vivo con mis propios sones.
Traigo en el alma la vieja emoción
de aquellos guapos que allá en un callejón
hicieron respetar su vida y su canción".
Callóse la gente que el patio llenaba
hubo un cuchicheo pidiendo atención
y del viejo fueye como si llorara
la vieja milonga así les habló:
"Yo soy la vieja milonga que hizo temblar."

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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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