Solsbury Hill (4:22)

Cover of Shaking the Tree

From Shaking the Tree and 104 other releases

“Solsbury Hill” is a song written by the 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.

Recorded in 1976 and released in 1977, this song was Gabriel’s debut single and it is included in the author’s first solo album named also “Peter Gabriel”. It reached the Top 20 hit in the UK and the Top 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song 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 and it has alson been covered by many artists, been one of the best known version the one performed by British synth pop duo Erasure inluded their cover album “Other People’s Songs” (2003).

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.


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  • theironictea

    Superb, fresh track!

    18 May 8:41pm Reply
  • bicknor

    Could be related to Primrose, one supposes, or even Blueberry, where one can find one's thrill...................... or, so I am told.

    8 May 5:38pm Reply
  • Abkeda

    Never, ever tire of hearing and responding to this song. <3

    29 Apr 12:26pm Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Boom boom boom...

    27 Feb 11:03am Reply

    Gigantic, majestic!

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Alphaville73

    zawsze kiedy to słyszę moja dusza się śmieje :-)))))))

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    This is one few songs I can listen to several times in a row.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • radio_face


    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • JuliaAurea

    when illusion spin her net i'm never where i want to be

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    Peter fully deserved reputation as one of the best progressive musician.

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • emmarican

    my heart going BOOM BOOM BOOM graaaab your thingssss ive come to take you homeeeeee luv u 5eva peter

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    ❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤❤☆҉‿↗ ❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤❤☆҉‿↗

    14 Jun 2014 Reply
  • radio_face

    I've come to take you home...

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • bicknor

    Only snag is............ eagles dont fly at night............ boom boom, unless they are under the influence. Never theless, this sounds great. Surreal.

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    I will never forget seeing his FIRST large-scale solo concert... It was at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto... he had golf carts behind the stands and appeared in the stands singing with a CORDLESS MIC [never seen one before] and the spot lights strategically found him singing out in the crowd... UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • Genesis-girl

    Lovely version with strings and such a gentle voice 'I walked ...right out of the machinery' - heart-stopping.

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
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    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • highspeed02

    So I went from day to day

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • wolfman30071966

    Simply overwhelming

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
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