"Solsbury Hill" as written 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
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"

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
'Til I thought of what I'll 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"

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"Solsbury Hill" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General CommentI think it's wonderful to be able to express how a song has affected one's life. This song is very inspirational to me. I have had to make some difficult career choices in the past year; ones that may not have made a lot of sense (financially, especially!!) to people that do not share or understand my values. What this has to do with Solsbury Hill (finally getting to that): I've heard from other websites that he wrote this song to sort of tell the story of his experience as he was trying to break free from Genesis. He was the lead singer of that group before Phil Collins. And he had apparently gotten artistically couped up with them and was wanting to move on to do his own work. He wasn't sure about how to make such a transition, so "to keepin' silence he resigned"; and he didn't want to make any sudden moves and alienate himself in the industry ("turnin' water into wine, open doors would soon be shut"). But soon he came to his conclusions about what to do and obviously went for it ("'til I thought of what I'd say, which connections I should cut"). So I think it's a song I relate to now at a time when I'm making decisions, as I mentioned, are not popular, yet I feel for my own happiness, I need to make.

    FELICITYon April 05, 2002   Link

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