lifeblood: songs: lyrics: cortez the killer

he came dancing across the water
with his galleons and guns
looking for a new world
and a palace in the sun

and on the shore lay montezuma
with it's coca leaves and pearls
in his halls he often wondered
with the secrets of the world

and the subjects gathered round him
like the leaves around the trees
his coat of many colors
for the angry gods to see

and the women all were beautiful
and the men stood straight and strong
he offered life with sacrifice
so that others might go on


now hate was just a legend
and war was never known
the people worked together
and they lifted many stones

and they carried them across the flatland
but they died along the way
(many lives were lost)
built up with their bare hands
what we still can't do today
(many lives were lost)

and i know she's living there
and loves me to this day
i can't remember when
or how i lost my way

he came dancing across the water
cortez, cortez
what a killer

words and music neil young
as performed in a studio outtake

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