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Muchachos, comienza la ronda (1943)

Kids, the Dance Is Starting!
lyrics by Leopoldo Díaz Vélez
music by Luis Porcell

Kids, the dance is starting
as the tango invites us onto the floor.
When they hear the first notes
of such brilliant music,
who wouldn’t get up to dance?
You can weave your emotions
into this song
as it delves deep into our souls.
Kids, the dance is starting—
come out onto the floor!

Don’t miss a single beat of this tango:
it will enchant you with its sweet and cheeky sound.
Between all the turns and gallant poses
we can imagine today that we live in a bygone time:
that happy time
of fetching grey hats,
eloquent flirtations,
and the streetlights of the arrabal.
Don’t miss a single beat of this tango…
‘Cause, as you listen, isn’t it lovely to dance?

Listening to this very porteño sound
my heart comes back to life…
As I sing this tango
I’m starting to forget
all of my woes.
There’s nothing quite like
this warm little piece of music
that touches our hearts…
Kids, the dance is starting—
come out onto the floor!

Orquesta Ricardo Tanturi, singer Enrique Campos (1943)

Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, singer Roberto Chanel (1943)

Neither Chanel nor Campos sing the italicized verse.

(Spanish original after the jump)

Muchachos, comienza la ronda

Muchachos, comienza la ronda
que el tango invita a formar.
¿Quién, al oir el arranque
de un son tan brillante,
no sale a bailar?
Y así enredar su emoción
a esta canción
que en nuestras almas se ahonda.
Muchachos, comienza la ronda—
¡vayan pasando al salón!

No se pierdan ni un compás de este tango
que va cautivando rebelde y dulzón.
Entre vueltas y requiebros galantes
imaginemos hoy vivir el tiempo de antes:
ese tiempo feliz
del chambergo bien gris,
el piropo locuaz
y el farol de arrabal.
No se pierdan ni un compás de este tango…
Así, al escucharlo, ¡qué lindo es bailar!

Oyendo este son tan porteño
revive mi corazón…
Mientras entono este tango
me voy olvidando
de todo dolor.
Su musiquita cordial
y sin igual en nuestras almas se ahonda…
Muchachos, comienza la ronda…
Vayan pasando al salón.

About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.


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