Sunday, September 6

Neil Young - Zuma (1975)


Wikipedia - "'Cortez the Killer' is a song by Neil Young from his 1975 album, Zuma. ... The song is about Hernán Cortés (Cortés' name has an alternate Anglicized spelling in the song title), a conquistador who conquered Mexico for Spain in the 16th century. 'Cortez the Killer' also makes reference to the Aztec ruler Moctezuma II and other events that occurred in the Spanish conquest of the New World. Instead of describing the battles of Cortés with the Aztecs, the lyric in the last verse suddenly jumps from third person narrative to first person, and possibly over a time span of centuries as well, with a reference to an unnamed woman: '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.' The lyric suggests a lost love affair and brings a personal aspect to what was otherwise an historical narrative, suggesting a connection between broken relationships and the imperial invasion by someone else. ..."
Wikipedia
W - Zuma
Zuma by Neil Young
Neil Young's Use of North American History
YouTube: Cortez the Killer (Live), Cortez the Killer, Cortez the Killer (acoustic 1999)
YouTube: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Zuma (1975) [full album]

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