Así se baila el tango

“This is how to dance tango”

LYRICS by: Elizardo Martínez Vilas a.k.a. Marvil
MUSIC by: Elias Randal

Spanish

Que saben los pitucos,
lamidos y sushetas,
que saben lo que es tango,
que saben de compas?
Aqui esta la elegancia,
que pinta, que silueta,
que porte, que arrogancia,
que clase pa’bailar.

Asi se baila el tango,
mientras dibujo el ocho,
para estos filigranas,
yo soy como un pintor.
Ahora una corrida,
una vuelta, una sentada.
Asi se baila el tango,
un tango de mi flor.

Asi se baila el tango,
sintiendo en la cara,
la sangre que sube a cada compas,
mientras el brazo,
como una serpiente,
se enrosca en el talle,
que se va a quebrar.

Asi se baila el tango,
mezclando el aliento,
cerrando los ojos
para oír mejor,
como los violines le dicen al fuelle,
porque desde esa noche,
Malena no canto.
Asi se baila el tango,
mientras dibujo el ocho,
para estos filigranas,
yo soy como un pintor.
Ahora una corrida,
una vuelta, una sentada.
Asi se baila el tango,
un tango de mi flor.


English

What do they know the dandies, the trendy rich boys with their affected manners!
What do they know about tango, what do they know about rhythm!
This is what elegance is. What a look! What a silhouette!
What a bearing! And arrogance! So much style to dance!

This is how to dance tango, while I draw the figure eight;
for all these intricate moves, I am like a painter.
Now a corrida, a giro, a sentada.
This is how to dance tango, a tango of my flower!

This is how to dance tango,
feeling on your face,
blood that rises
at each beat,
while your arm,
like a snake,
coils itself around the waist
that is about to break.
This is how to dance tango,
breaths mix,
eyes close
to listen
to the violins
and the bandoneons wondering
why Malena did not sing tonight…

This is how to dance tango, while I draw the figure eight;
for all these intricate moves, I am like a painter.
Now a corrida, a giro, a sentada.
This is how to dance tango, a tango of my flower!

Alberto Castillo

Alberto Salvador De Lucca (7 December 1914 – 23 July 2002) —this is his true name— was born in the neighborhood of Floresta, in the western area of the city of Buenos Aires. He was the fifth child of a couple of Italian immigrants:Salvador De Lucca and Lucía Di Paola.
Since early childhood he showed a natural inclination towards music; he had violin lessons and sang in any place where he had the chance.

His latest success was in 1993, when he recorded “Siga el baile” with Los Auténticos Decadentes and he managed to conquer the youth of the end of the century, such as he had done in the 40s. His voice keeps on being one of the most identified with our city song and, it surely, will be forever. Read full article.

This post is made to help to the diffusion of Tango, main source from Todo Tango and Letras de Tango.

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