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In Register. Artist: Peter Gabriel. Album: Peter Gabriel 1: Car. 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 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.
Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. Log in. Lyrics Artists add. Solsbury Hill song meanings. Add Your Thoughts Comments. General Comment Anybody who knows Peter Gabriel knows that he likes to take personal experiences of his own even those in dreams and write songs about them. But he is so good at hiding the exact meaning.
He is never quite literal with anything which means many of his songs have a personal meaning to him just like they may have a completely different personal meaning to you. So Solsbury Hill could essentially be about anything you want it to be about. But to Peter Gabriel it is about his decision to leave Genesis.
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He has made this quite clear. You could go line by line and it all makes perfect sense considering the situation he was in at the time. He was fed up with the industry and life as a rock star in general. He was being thrust out as the star of a group whose works had actually been evenly divided between the 5 members.
Because he and his costumes were the focal point of live shows, everyone assumed Peter wrote all the music, all the lyrics, set up the stage, and that the rest of the band were just his backing band. This was far from the truth and Gabriel hated the attention. But as much as he hated the attention at first, he was beginning to enjoy it, which was taking him away from his audience. He no longer got the butterflies before shows. The music didn't touch him the way it used to. He felt as though he was just going through the motions. He didn't like what he was becoming.
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He refers to Genesis as "the machinery. They would schedule gigs non-stop with hardly any breaks. There was no room for freedom. Gabriel hated knowing exactly where he was going to be in 18 months, as he did with Genesis.
He said Genesis was like the army. Gabriel wanted to give this album a little bit of "balls", as he puts it, and no one else in the band was going to deliver that. He also felt that a concept album, AKA a story, should be written by one person. It needs one clear and coherent direction, which their democratic system of writing could not accomplish. This pissed off the other band members. Gabriel was beginning to realize that he could not last for long being "tied down to the old hierarchy.
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So Peter was making these long trips back and forth between London and where the band were writing and recording out in the middle of nowhere England. This meant that he was absent during much of the writing. The band were writing music in one room while Peter was writing lyrics to what was already there in another room or wasn't there at all to attend to his wife. No one else in the band had been married or had kids at this point besides Phil Collins and so they didn't understand. They were mad because Peter was gone all the time.
Peter was mad because to him there was no question what his priorities were. It was a matter of life and death for him. His family was far more important than writing an album. The band could not understand this and that really pissed Peter off. Til' I thought of what I'd say, which connection I should cut.
He wasn't sure what he was going to do with his life at the time he didn't begin his solo career right away, not until He wanted out of the music industry as a whole. His pride got the best of him when he saw Genesis having greater success without him and decided to get back in, but this time on his own terms, doing his own thing.
And the rest is history SongMeaner24 on March 03, Link. There was an error.
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That great extensive explanation just changed my life. You just completely sherlocked the meaning of that song. SongMeaner24 This is very descript, but it isn't really about the song meaning, it's the history of why he left the band.
Vapourmile on March 25, SongMeaner24 An extremely erudite response from an obvious fan of Peter Gabriel and, I can only assume, of Genesis as well SongMeaner24 this guy rambles on and on and on. WHY did you ever respond to this song? I know- because you are so full of cock and bullshit the world has to see your words in print. You managed to make this post about you and your explanation of what happened to the band - who cares?
Ford R on December 09, SongMeaner24 Man, sometimes it seems crazy, the decisions made by certain artists at certain times of their lives General Comment I 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!!
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 reed"; 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. General Comment I heard that the eagle that flew out of the night was Bruce Springsteen. Apparently, Gabriel decided to go solo after seeing one ot the Boss' legendary mid's epic shows.
General Comment It's about a man breaking free of his own past and rediscovering himself. I think it may well be about his leaving Genesis.
At first standing on top of the world looking down, then he was told, or he realized, things would have to change the eagle. He went through the day-to-day contemplating this decision to move on, but keeping it to himself. Giving up everything he had would surely close doors and he needed a strategy which connections to cut.
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BlkWarrior on November 10, Link. No Replies Log in to reply. General Comment WHY do they call this website "Song Meanings" when very rarely is there a description from the actual artist? It's just a discussion forum full of people guessing. Which is all well and good but I think this website should change it's name since a lot of the times we are not actually getting the definition or meaning of the songs posted.
DavidWolf on June 17, Link. What an interesting interpretation. I suspect you are right, and this is exactly what Pete was thinking about when writing it DavidWolf pretty sure you just contributed that problem. DavidWolf because SongSpeculations. Quazar on September 22, DavidWolf I feel the same. DavidWolf I'd argue that the meaning of the song is less about what the artist intended and more how we interpret it. Sure, some people outright speculate and others just report on what the artist has said about it, but the important part of this site is people talking about what music means to them.
I suppose that if that isn't what you're looking for, the site name seems misleading, but show me a site, company, or organisation whose name fully and unambiguously communicates its purpose. Ford R Buh-Bye force on December 04, There's a bit more to it than that.
After he left, he wasn't sure if he would continue making music - he felt he had lost his inspiration. But he went to see a Bruce Springsteen concert and was invigorated by Bruce's love and energy; that, at least partly, inspired him to start his solo career. The eagle in the song is Bruce: as petere gabriel sings, 'he was something to observe". Bruce is also the subject, though less flatteringly, of Prefab Sprout's Cars and Girls.
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General Comment This song is the Yin to my Yang, so to speak. It has seen me through the worst times and also the best times in my life. The song was written as a farewell to PG's Genesis days. I can put this one on my cd player, hit the 'repeat' function and never tire of hearing it. For true fans of this song, check out the Secret World Live cd.