Danza Maligna (Evil Dance)

Lyrics: Claudio Frollo
Translation: Felipe & Ayano
Music: Fernando Randale
Recorded by Enrique Rodríguez with Armando Moreno in 1940

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Se arrastran los compases compadrones

del tango que se encoge, que se estira…

Su música doliente pareciera

sentir que una amenaza se aproxima.

Viviremos los dos el cuarto de hora

de la danza nostálgica y maligna.

Escuchemos latir los corazones

al amparo de Venus Afrodita.

Placer de dioses, baile perverso,

el tango es rito y es religión.

Orquestas criollas son sus altares

y el sacerdote su bandoneón.

Quiero sentirme aprisionado

como en la cárcel de mi dolor.

Guarda silencio, mitad de mi alma,

que hay un secreto entre los dos…

(Instrumental)

English

Dragging are the arrogant beats

of the tango that shrinks and stretches.

Its sorrowful music makes it

feel that a threat is approaching.

The two of us will live the quarter-hour

of the nostalgic and evil dance.

Let's listen to the beating of the hearts

under the protection of Venus Aphrodite.

Gods’ pleasure, perverse dance,

tango is a ritual and it's a religion.

Creole orchestras are its altars

and the bandoneon is its priest.

I want to feel imprisoned

like in the jail of my pain.

Keep silent, half of my soul,

for there is a secret between the two of us.

(Instrumental)