Cortez The Killer (7:31)

Cover of Decade

From Decade and 39 other releases

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  • Lutze1960


    25 Jan 6:09pm Reply
  • zabotak

    one of the greatest songs of the last century

    8 Jan 4:47pm Reply
  • onestoploser

    I don't give a fuck about historical accuracy. This is a SONG! An amazing one at that. It sums up the history as good as you're going to get it.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • akaEli

    cant help but like built to spills live version more.

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    I couldn't care less about the historical accuracy. All I know is that this song still hits me right in the heart.

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • vinman76

    A beautifyl song :) ,Some times when I listen to it, it makes me sad:( Neil is touring the US I will see him!

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sheepmachine

    i hate when people go off about historical accuracy as if it's the most important thing in music and poetry, especially in pieces like this that comprise obviously personal elements. it's a song, people! zuma doesn't come with a label like "learn all about aztec society!" and as much as neil romanticizes the native society, it's important to remember that history books also barbarize and/or westernize it. he knew a few facts, not enough to make an accurate history lesson, but enough that it affected and inspired him to write this and that's what's important.

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Lavi91

    One of his best ones. \\m/

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Great lyrics, great song!

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    the last verse goddamn

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • kato1984

    One of the greatest history lessons of all time. And damn that guitar sound is great!

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • zhimbo

    Yeah, the overly-romanticized lyrics are not a high point of Young's career, but damn, the guitar work sure is.

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Excrono

    @PartySanCTG: To me I guess the question I would have to ask is does this justify their civilization and culture being nearly completely and utterly destroyed for posterity? The Spanish didn't have to do this after conquering them. So you could say Europeans were just as bad, if not worse than the Aztecs at this point in history because they weren't above genocide if they didn't convert to Christianity (i.e. being brought under the absolute control of the Spanish). A (relatively) primitive society with superior technology and fueled by religious zeal and a lust for power and influence is an ugly thing no matter how you look at it.

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • dirtydogintex

    Neil Young - comfort music.

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Liloucat


    10 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Strawb77

    with @FIL1994 on this one

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Honestly, in a bastardry contest between Cortez and the Aztecs, everybody loses.

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DrGunn

    i'll take emotive guitar soloing over historical accuracy any day.

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    & Crazy Horse.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
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