Solsbury Hill

Lyrics

by

Peter Gabriel



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
I just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom, boom, boom
Son, he said, grab your things I've come to take you home

To keep in silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut
So I went from day to day
Though my life was in a rut
Till I thought of what I'd say
And 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
Son, he said, grab your things I've come to take you 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
Close their eyes but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
So 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

Come back home
Come back home
Come back home

Writer/s: Gabriel, Peter
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To me the song reminds me of the time that I experienced my spiritual awakening realising that this world is just an illusion. I'd left my body and r0se up through the roof of the house and continued to soar through space with the Earth getting smaller and smaller. Feelings of unqualified love and acceptance flooding into my soul while a loving entity told me that everything would be OK with a peaceful loving masculine voice. In an instant I was returning to Earth as it grew larger and larger. I made the conscious effort to take note of what was in the street outside as I passed through the roof and returned to my body. Dashing out into the street everything I saw was as it was while I was out of my body, the same cars with the same number plates belonging to patrons of the night club across the road. Amazingly it was all real not just some crazy dream.
- Felix, Sydney, Australia
As with nearly all that Gabriel does, this song is beautiful.
- oldpink, Farmland, IN
I think many of us have an emptiness inside, a yearning for home - not a physical home, but the experience of acceptance and understanding. While it may not have been Peter Gabriel's intent, that is what this song invokes in me.
- Constance, Chestertown, MD
I don't care what it is about. It stirs something in my soul whenever I hear it! To me, it's a song about hope, being lost and then found.
- Elona, Ledgewood, NJ
I attended a Christian boarding school around the time this song was on the radio. I have remained convinced the song was about Mr. Gabriel's experience in a boarding school in England until now. I nearly had a nervous breakdown at the beginning of my Senior year and my mother picked me up and offered me one of her Salem cigarrettes. She took me home to reconsider my options. (I no longer smoke.) I graduated that year as valedictorian. My school's mascot was the Eagle. Thank you Mr. Gabriel for a song that is so meaningful to so many who are struggling, for so many reasons.
- martha, knoxville, TN
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