Solsbury Hill (4:22)

Cover of Shaking the Tree

From Shaking the Tree and 99 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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  • radio_face


    5 Nov 12:03pm Reply
  • JuliaAurea

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

    1 Sep 4:37pm Reply
  • Assedor

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

    29 Jul 2:27pm Reply
  • emmarican

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

    10 Jul 11:47pm Reply
  • TheBullfrog


    22 Jun 9:55am Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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

    14 Jun 4:02pm Reply
  • radio_face

    I've come to take you home...

    29 May 1:25am 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 3:36pm 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 1:20am Reply
  • Genesis-girl

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

    13 Mar 1:58pm Reply
  • denfran61

    "though my life was in a rut"

    4 Mar 3:12am Reply
  • sidney_adv


    19 Feb 12:01pm Reply
  • highspeed02

    So I went from day to day

    15 Feb 4:16pm Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    22 Jan 7:28pm Reply
  • wolfman30071966

    Simply overwhelming

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    great song from the 1st album

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ItAintTheMeat

    I think it's Salisbury (of Stonehenge fame) but hay let's speak frenetic. If you think I'm wrong phone me

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Ennish

    This song makes my heart go BOOM BOOM BOOM.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
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