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Soy del '90

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Soy del '90 (I'm from the '90) is the title of a tango written by Carlos Waiss. The music was composed by Tito Ribero.




Tito Ribero

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Lyrics writer(s):

Carlos Waiss


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Spanish: Soy del '90

Soy de ese tiempo sincero
Cuando nadie mezquinaba,
de tomar la caña brava
sobre un estaño esquinero.
Siempre sumiso y entero,
derecho, guapo, cordial,
y soy tosco, franco y leal
porque mi vida refleja
un sabor de cosas viejas
y el alma del arrabal.
Soy milonguero de ayer,
soy del noventa.
Pa’ que lo sepa, señor,
tuve mis mentas.
Lindo tiempo para ver
las cosas que ahora se cuentan.
Soy milonguero de ley,
soy del ayer, soy del noventa.

Soy del tiempo de los buenos,
soy humilde como cobre.
Pa’ mí un rico vale un pobre,
siempre y cuando vaya a menos.
Yo no conozco el veneno
del que vive pa’ envidiar,
y no sé qué es aflojar
cuando la suerte se aleja.
Yo soy de la guardia vieja,
pa’ lo que gusten mandar.

English: I'm From the '90[2]

I’m from that honest time,
when nobody skimped on
drinking the rough liquor
on a corner counter.
Always tame and whole,
straight, brave,[1] cordial,
and I’m coarse, frank and loyal,
because my life reflects
a flavour of old things
and the soul of the arrabal.

I’m a milonguero from yesterday,
I’m from the ’90.
Just so you know, sir,
I’ve had my reputation.
Nice time to see
the things people tell nowadays.
I’m a true milonguero,
I’m from yesterday, I’m from the ’90.

I’m from the time of the good guys,
I’m humble as copper.
To me a rich man is worth what a poor man is,
as long as he is humble.
I don’t know the poison
of the one who lives to envy others,
and I don’t know what it is to give up
when luck moves away.
I’m from the old guard,
at your service.


  1. See: guapo
  2. Decade of 1890, associated with the early days of tango, the “good old days”.

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