Who Sang Cortez the Killer? Neil Young with Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse Zuma cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1975-11-10
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk Rock/Alternative Rock
length: 7:32
producer: David Briggs and Neil Young
lead vocals: Neil Young
background vocals: Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina
guitar: Frank Sampedro and Neil Young
drums (drum set): Ralph Molina
bass guitar: Billy Talbot
composer: Neil Young
lyricist: Neil Young
He came dancing across the water
With his galleons and guns
Looking for the new world
In that palace in the sun.

On the shore lay Montezuma
With his coca leaves and pearls
In his halls he often wondered
With the secrets of the worlds.

And his subjects gathered 'round him
Like the leaves around a tree
In their clothes of many colors
For the angry gods to see.

And the women all were beautiful
And the men stood straight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice
So that others could go on.

Hate was just a legend
And war was never known
The people worked together
And they lifted many stones.

They carried them to the flatlands
And they died along the way
But they built up with their bare hands
What we still can't do today.

And I know she's living there
And she loves me to this day
I still can't remember when
Or how I lost my way.

He came dancing across the water
Cortez, Cortez
What a killer.

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Don't Cry No Tears
  • 2 Danger Bird
  • 3 Pardon My Heart
  • 4 Lookin' for a Love
  • 5 Barstool Blues
  • 6 Stupid Girl
  • 7 Drive Back
  • 8 Cortez the Killer
  • 9 Through My Sails