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“El trompito” by Ángel D’Agostino y su Orquesta Típica with Ángel Vargas in vocals, 1943; (English translation of the lyrics).

Blas Clemente Catrenau at the milonga, showing of his great style of Argentine Tango dancing.

“El Trompito”

Music & Lyrics: Enrique Cadícamo.

“The little top”

I was born in a remote neighborhood,
back in the slaughterhouses,
and since I was only a child,
I danced Tango well milonguero.

The bandoneon was my godfather
in my distant childhood
and in the humble crowded dancings
I saw the cart drivers dance.
And that’s why I have a good sense for Tango,
because in the fandango
I saw it, and I learned it.

The “corrida” sideways
it is necessary, guys,
like the drink to the drunk,
like the knife to the barbecue.
The “ocho”, che! has to braid
rocking the girl
and provocatively
the “sentada” must be lead.

I am for Tango like a spinning top,
I am a skillful dancer.
When I go out to the milonga
they try to copy
my way of dancing.
In the “cortes” I play lame
and in the turns, with care,
for the dexterity I have
they call me “The Oiled”.

I’m for Tango like a spinning top
because the bellows is a thread.

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