Solsbury Hill Lyrics - Peter Gabriel

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Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night

He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing stretching every nerve
I had to listen had no choice

I did not believe the information
Just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom boom, boom
"Son," he said, "Grab your things, I've come to take you home."
hey back home

To keeping silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
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Open doors would soon be shut

So I went from day to day
Tho' my life was in a rut
'Till I thought of what I'd say
Which connection I should cut

I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey," he said, "grab your things, I've come to take you home."
Hey back home

When illusion spin her net
I'm never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free

Watched by empty silhouettes
Who close their eyes, but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
I will show another me

Today I don't need a replacement
I'll tell them what the smile on my face meant
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey," I said, "You can keep my things, they've come to take me home."

Producer Bob Ezrin
B-side "Moribund the Burgermeister"
Label Atco Records / Charisma Records
Genre Folk rock, progressive rock
Released 1977 (UK)
Length 4:21
Format vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1976

"Solsbury Hill" is a song by British musician Peter Gabriel, about a spiritual experience atop Solsbury Hill in Somerset, England. Gabriel wrote the song after his departure from the progressive rock band Genesis, of which he had been the lead singer since its inception, explaining the reasons behind his departure. Despite the eloquence and purity of the vision atop Solsbury Hill, there may be some ambivalence of being free or going solo: "And liberty she pirouette when I think that I am free." It was his debut single. The single was a Top 20 hit in the UK and reached the Top 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It has been used in a number of movies, for example in the soundtracks of the 2001 film Vanilla Sky, and the 2004 film In Good Company. The song has been covered by many artists, including moe., Dave Matthews, Erasure, Sarah McLachlan, Saga, and Justin Hines, among others.

The song uses a 7/4 time signature for the vast majority of the song. The last two measures of each chorus are in 4/4. (From Wikipedia)





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Timeless tune speaks spirituality and stirs emotion | Reviewer: Jake Maffucci | 10/26/12

Peter Gabriel is a genius. Solsbury Hill demonstrates this as he shares his spiritual awakening in this song. It is evident that during Gabriels tumultious time (1976) when he departed from Genesis he listened to that small still voice, joined his pregnant wife at home and started his solo career. He articulates his experience using clever metaphors and allegory-no suprise. What makes Gabriels Solsbury Hill timesless lies simply in the fact that any self aware or "awake" person inevitably experiences a major life change that goes against ones grain and disaproval by other people in ones circle of friends. It is here that one finds his true self, thus " The truth will set you free " This invites the listner to reflect on his or hers own life and if fortunate enough ,transformation. The lyrics flow and grow as the does the intensity in his voice and instrumentally in a curious 7/4 timing. To any early Genesis fan Solsbury Hill is unique to Peter Gabriel bearing no relation to his former bands style, other then his piercing voice. I sat in awe at the Palladium in 1977 as Gabriel performed this song with Steve Hunter and Robert Fripp.. His energy level wasoff the charts as he ran around the hall with a cordless mike donning a grey sweatsuit with a hoody and short hair. At this show Peter also sang a song that I have never heard before or after in this high pitched voltage vocals..accapello."truly unforgettabl" The feeling of awe equaled the depths of my soul equivelant to seeing the statue of David created by Michelangelo in Florence Italy. Watching and listening to Peter perform Solsbury hill live dwarfed the studio version. Primarily observing his emotions on his face and body language. Solsbury Hill is undoubtably very personal to this unique artist. I urge any music lover while listening to this timeless tune to internalize the lyrics simeltanously. A true masterpiece that moves ones spirit.



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