Peter Gabriel: Solsbury Hill | Song-Factsheet


Song «Solsbury Hill» von Peter Gabriel.


Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1977 02 18 (Album), 1977 03 (Single)
Label: Charisma CDS 4006, Atco 7079
Songwriter Peter Gabriel
Produktion: Bob Ezrin
Genre: Rock - Corporaterock - Progrock, Folk - Urbanfolk - Progfolk


In mancherlei Hinsicht ein unkonventioneller Song: Strukturell werder Verse-Chorus noch AABA, sondern eine AAB-Form. Sein 7/4-Takt schafft eine unruhige Spannung, die nur am Ende des B-Teils für zwei Takte lang im 4/4-Takt verbleibt - bei der Zeile «Son, he said, grab your things I've come to take you home». Inhaltlich geht es um ein Erweckungserlebnis und um die Suche nach sich selbst. Der Erzähler hört bei einer Wanderung am Abend eine Stimme, die ihm befiehlt, ihr zu folgen, eine Maske abzulegen und sein wahres Gesicht zu zeigen. Möglicherweise erzählt der Song den Hintergrund des Ausstiegs von Peter Gabriel aus der Band Genesis.

Personen und Querverweise

Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
Bob Ezrin


[Intro] [A] Climbing up on Solsbury Hill I could see the city light Wind was blowing, time stood still Eagle flew out of the night [A] He was something to observe Came in close, I heard a voice Standing, stretching every nerve I had to listen had no choice [B] 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 [A] To keep in silence I resigned My friends would think I was a nut Turning water into wine Open doors would soon be shut [A] 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 [B] 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 [A] When illusion spin her net I'm never where I want to be And liberty she pirouette When I think that I am free [A] Watched by empty silhouettes Close their eyes but still can see No one taught them etiquette So I will show another me [B] 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 [Coda] Come back home Come back home Come back home