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Thread #162501 Message #3867609
Posted By: Jack Campin
21-Jul-17 - 07:02 PM
Thread Name: El Cambalache
Subject: El Cambalache
I came across a description of this tango song in Brian Winter's book Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien, but only just got around to looking it up. It would make a great anthem for Theresa May's England.
Written by Enrique Santos Discépolo in 1935. I think it was first sung by Julio Sosa, whose film performance in this clip is a great piece of dramatic song delivery - unlike Gardel, who was compulsively charming, Sosa threatens to punch you in the face straight through the screen. It's like a scene out of the best Hollywood cinema of the era.
Lyrics here, with literal translation. It would be nice to have a singable English-language version but those extraordinary tonguetwisters would be a bugger to do in any other language. Somebody like Ian Dury might have pulled it off.