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Por una cabeza
De un noble potrillo
Que justo en la raya
Afloja al llegar,
Y que al regresar
Parece decir:
No olvid, hermano,
Vos sabs, no hay que jugar.
Por una cabeza,
Metejn de un da
De aquella coqueta
Y burlona mujer,
Que al jurar sonriendo
El amor que est mintiendo,
Quema en una hoguera
Todo mi querer.
Por una cabeza,
Todas las locuras.
Su boca que besa,
Borra la tristeza,
Calma la amargura.
Por una cabeza,
Si ella me olvida
Qu importa perderme
Mil veces la vida,
Para qu vivir.
Cuntos desengaos,
Por una cabeza.
Yo jugu mil veces,
No vuelvo a insistir.
Pero si un mirar
Me hiere al pasar,
Sus labios de fuego
Otra vez quiero besar.
Basta de carreras,
Se acab la timba.
Un final reido
Ya no vuelvo a ver!
Pero si algn pingo
Llega a ser fija el domingo,
Yo me juego entero.
Qu le voy a hacer.!

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    The lyrics of this song are written in the first person with the narrator comparing horse racing to the love of women. In each of these cases the man is essentially gambling on the fickle nature of his fancy. A horse might, "slacken down the stretch," and lose a race it should have won, while a, "flirtatious and cheerful woman," might not be completely honest when she says she loves him. He rails against the unfairness of this, in both cases, but nevertheless ends the song by saying that he would be sure to gamble again if a pony looked like a sure thing. "What else can I do?" he asks us, accepting that his fate is always to try, even if it means he must risk losing by a head.
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