Song of the Day: Slint – Cortez the Killer (Live Neil Young Cover)

Today’s song is Slint covering one of the greatest Neil Young songs (another in a long list of long lists). Not to pull back the curtain too much but I think the next few Song of the Days will be covers of or the original version of Cortez. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Built to Spill, but it’s early, I’m tired, I’ve got a headache, and my mouth tastes like copper. So sit back and enjoy this live version of Cortez, recorded¬†March 3rd 1989 at Club Dreamerz Chicago IL.¬†What a killer.

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.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Slint – Cortez the Killer (Live Neil Young Cover)

  1. Dammit Tigs, I was gonna do a Song of the Day today. I thought at 9:16, I might have a chance. Oh well. Anyways, Screaming Females do a fucking killer Cortez the killer. I listen to it all the time. So we should post that one in this string…

  2. Haha, sorry dude, gotta be fast! Screaming Females cover Cortez?? That’s fucking dope! It will most definitely be in this grouping. Hopefully this whole week will be Cortez

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