Cortez The Killer (7:31)

Cover of Decade

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  • kato1984

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

    7 Apr 9:56am 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 3:13pm 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 8:18pm Reply
  • dirtydogintex

    Neil Young - comfort music.

    20 Jan 10:54pm Reply
  • Liloucat


    10 Jan 8:23pm 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
  • Big-Mac-Bo

    stunning track, could go on forever

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • FIL1994

    this song never did anything for me until I listened to it with great headphones. Now its easily one of my favourite Neil Young tunes.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • mroberts60

    Yeah but Cotez was a basard!

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Neil clearly slept through history class and never bothered to read about the way the Aztecs invaded their neighbours, subdued them and forced them to provide victims for daily human sacrifices to make sure the sun continued to rise each day.

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    classic neil jam!!!!

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • ati1978

    kill me, cortez!

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Eins noch : Zeitlos !

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Toller Gitarren Sound, toller Song.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply

    : )

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Great lyrics, great song!

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JerryZola25


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