A group of poets and writers contributed to the Tango lyrics. They were able to capture the mood, feelings and emotions of the people.
They were also able to use their poetry to depict all the little dramas and changes in the social, economic and political structure of the society.
Pascual CONTURSI gave tango a sensible, philosophic and humanistic approach. He changed the way lyrics were written by telling a short story and expressing the emotions associated to the story.
CADICAMO had more of a sentimental point of view with melancholic, nostalgic or romantic lyrics that described changes in social status and Nightclub life.
Two other tango lyricists were Homero MANZI and Samuel LINNIG
Lunfardo began in the jails of Buenos Aires as a language created and used by inmates to communicate in a cryptic way so as not to be understood by the guards or the police.
NOTES: Yira, yira.
In Yira, yira, Enrique Santos Discepolo reflects upon the inevitable end of our lives and the dilemma of those who live cruising and cruising through life without ever finding a purpose in life.
Yirar is indeed a lingo originally associated with the cruising of the street walkers. It has also been adopted as a way to describe the action of walking aimlesly, cruising, drifting. Yira or Yiro is also a name commonly used to address a street walker.
Largar para'o (Largar parado) has the meaning of being abandoned.
Otario is an idiot, a sap.