“Cortez the Killer” – Widespread Panic & Jerry Joseph in Oregon on July 3, 2016 (Neil Young Cover) [Official Video]


Neil Young “Cortez the Killer” Lyrics

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 around 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 flat lands
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

On July 3 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon, Widespread Panic busted out a cover of Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s 1975 classic “Cortez the Killer,” and invited opening act Jerry Joseph to sit in. Watch their exciting performance above.

“Cortez the Killer” has been covered by many bands over the years, and Panic’s version truly stands out on its own. Jimmy Herring and Jerry Joseph contribute fantastic guitar riffs, and Jerry trades vocals with J.B. too. Towards the end, the band shifts the tempo to a reggae vibe, keeping a relaxed feel.

You can buy the official soundboard audio of this concert at LiveWidespreadPanic.com, where the band keeps a great archive of high quality concert recordings.

If you haven’t done so already, pick up Panic’s 2015 album, Street Dogs, on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, MP3). You can also stream the full album for free and read our review here on Zumic.

For more music, news, and tour information about Widespread Panic, check out their Zumic artist page.

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  • bradbershad

    Jimmy Herring rips!