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¡El Tango, No No No!

El presidente en la calle y sus soldados están allí
La muerte esta cerca si la gente non esta libre


We will not be free in Santiago
We are not allowed to do "el tango"
We will not be free
Until we dance liberty
But you don't even know
El tango

El presidente en la calle y sus soldados están allí
La muerte esta cerca si la gente non esta libre


We will not be free until you go
We are not allowed to do "el tango"
When will we be free?
The day we dance liberty
But you don't even know

El tango, no no no, el tango
El tango, no no no, el tango
El tango, no no no, el tango
El tango, no no no, el tango

It's nothing now what it seems to be
I find I never can remember if the people were ever free
El tango, he said no, no, no
Though he'll never stop the people and their dance of liberty

It's nothing now what it seems to be
Will the scars of Carmen heal if the people are never free
El tango, she said no, no, no
But they can't stop the people and their dance of liberty
 


Words and music by Peter Forrest

Year Written: May 1988 (Montréal)
Date Recorded: 1988 (4-track, Montreal, Québec CANADA)
Musicians: Peter Forrest (vocals), François Dubeau (guitars, bass, drum programming),

Song Notes: This song marks the starting of my "Latin American" phase of themed songs (i.e. Tierra del Fuego). I was learning Spanish in Montreal at the time and I had been hanging around my new friend, Nick Fernandez. The reference to "Carmen" was a Chilean woman who was badly hurt by Pinochet's soldiers.  The strange thing about this song is that I used the tango theme to represent liberty and that is Argentinean and a traditional enemy of Chile. However, the song is fun and just means liberty for all. 

I originally didn't think this song would work in the Vee Gates' repertoire and I kept it to myself.  However, I played it for the drummer, Danny-boy Schwartz at a practice and he went nuts over it.  So, he kept asking me to play it and work on it.  François, as bassist loved it too.  So, it ended up in the repertoire and it interesting because of its many tempo changes.

Basic Guitar Chords: 

Opening: F, E (etc.)
Verses: E, B, A, E, A, E, B
Bridge: E, F (etc.)
Chorus: A, B, E (4x)
Verses (fast): E, C#m (3x), A, B