Title: "Solsbury Hill"
Writer: Peter Gabriel
Original Release: 1977
Album: Peter Gabriel (the first one)
"Solsbury Hill" launched Peter Gabriel's solo career after a decade as the heavily-costumed lead singer of Genesis. Not many musicians strike out on their own in order to tone down their image but that's exactly what happened with Gabriel. He didn't leave all of his eccentricities behind. All of his first four albums are eponymous and unnumbered.
The song commemorates a spiritual experience Gabriel had atop a hill in Somerset, England. According to him, it's about letting go - of the band, yes, but of things in general - in order to grow. For the music geeks out there, the song is written mostly in 7/4 time - highly unusual, particularly in pop music.
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