neil young - cortez the killer

they carried them to the flatlands
and they died along the way
but they built up with their bare hands
what we still cant do today

in Jimmy McDonough’s biography of Young, Shakey, the author asked Neil if his songs were autobiographical. Young replied:

what the fuck am I doing writing about Aztecs in ‘Cortez the Killer’ like I was there, wandering around? ‘cause I only read about it in a few books. a lotta shit I just made up because it came to me.