He came dancing across the water
with his stallions and guns.
Looking for the new world
and the palace in the sun

On the shore lay Montezuma
with his cocoa leaves and pearls,
in his halls he often wondered
the secrets of the world.

And his subjects gathered round him, like the leaves around a tree,
in the 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 know.
People worked together
and the lifted many stones.

And they carried them to the flatlands,
but they died along the way.
And 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.

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Cortez the Killer song meanings
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    General Commentsimply amazing
    Peanuts27on November 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti like built to spills version better than Neil Young's....maybe because i am not a fan of neil young haha.

    also the guitar playing is awesome in this song, lengthy, but awesome.
    kelsey3671on March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always cry when I listen to this song alone...

    It's just so tragic.
    wordsofamutemanon July 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's better than the original by Neil Young. Lengthy, but better.
    itfloatzon May 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI fucking love Neil Young, but I love this version way more. Built to Spill is the shit.
    theminustimeson July 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI dig this version a lot but it bugs me that he says "stallions" when it is supposed to be "galleons."
    Rsboneson July 21, 2014   Link

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