Conquistador

Album: Procol Harum (1967)
Charted: 22 16
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  • Conquistador your stallion stands in need of company
    And like some angel's haloed brow
    You reek of purity

    I see your armor plated breast
    Has long since lost its sheen
    And in your death masked face
    There are no signs which can be seen

    And though I hoped for something to find
    I could see no maze to unwind

    Conquistador a vulture sits, upon your silver sheath
    And in your rusty scabbard now, the sand has taken seed
    And though your jewel-encrusted blade
    Has not been plundered still
    The sea has washed across your face
    And taken of its fill

    And though I hoped for something to find
    I could see no maze to unwind
    And though I hoped for something to find
    I could see no maze to unwind

    Conquistador there is no time, I must pay my respect
    And though I came to jeer at you
    I leave now with regret
    And as the gloom begins to fall
    I see there is no, only all
    And though you came with sword held high
    You did not conquer, only die

    And though I hoped for something to find
    I could see no maze to unwind
    And though I hoped for something to find
    I could see no maze to unwind

    And though I hoped for something to find
    I could see no maze to unwind Writer/s: GARY BROOKER, KEITH REID
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Comments: 11

  • Mark from IndianapolisWhat the heck does

    "I see there is no, only all"

    ...mean?
  • Jidis from VirginiaAnybody know if there's more than one mix of the studio version? I had my Alexa play it earlier today and I swear it sounded different than the one I've always listened to from the PH album. Most notable were the keyboard leads that kick in after the last verse.
  • Riverman from PennsylvaniaI think it is a meta for about willy loman middle class types who grew out of great depression and thought they were conquering business world, only to die with no close friends or family, but had great suit and lots of toys.
  • Nancy Lavalley from Right Now OregonOne of the greatest albums of all time. I was 19 when I originally heard Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. I was in Miami driving and the DJ played the whole album. I was so blown away that I had to stop the car and pull over to listen to it. To this day I listen to it often.
  • Libby E from Louisville KyGreat song; unusual intreptation of the all conquering conquistadors.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 5th 1972, Procol Harum appeared in concert at the Golden Hall in San Diego, California...
    At the time the British quintet's "Conquistador" was at #22 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eighteen days later on July 23rd it would peak at #16...
    {See next post below}...
    Appearing with Procol Harum was the newly formed group the Eagles, and at the time their debut Top 100 record, "Take It Easy", was at #17 on the chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 21st 1972, "Conquistador" by Procol Harum entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #84; nine weeks later on July 23rd, 1972 it would peak at #16 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 13 weeks...
    It reached #7 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    The British quintet had two other Top 100 records; "A Whiter Shade of Pale" {#5 in 1967} and "Homburg" {#34, also in 1967}.
  • Martin from Fresno, CaThe live version is definitely superior. A great production piece.
  • Dave from Fernandina Beach, FlThis, in my opinion, is a far better piece than WSOP. Nothing makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up than when the Hammond organ lights off a full-throated scream against the Edmonton Orchestra in the final verses. There have been other well-done fusions of rock and orchestra but this, in my humble opinion, is at the apex of the list.
  • Lester from New York City, NyProcol Harum spawned Robin Trower, who I will see in concert for about 35th time on June 12th. But Procol Harum was my favorite group up until Trower left. Check out PH's 2nd album 'Shine On Brightly', although their fitst album may be better.
  • Reg from Kemptville, On, -In Canada this song gets more airplay than "Whiter Shade of Pale" due to 'Can-con' requirements -- radio stations must play a prescribed amount of Canadian-content on the air.
    The flip side of the 45 is great too: "A Salty Dog"
    (I still like 'Whiter Shade of Pale'/ 'We Skipped the Light Fandango' much more.)
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