Reveal and Heal

Solsbury Hill

This song from Peter Gabriel seemed to be describing what is in some respects a similar experience to mine.  I got goosebumps the first time I heard it! I always thought he was referring to Salisbury Hill in Glastonbury, but recently discovered that in the song he was actually describing the same Solsbury Hill in Swainswick where I often played as a child.  He actually lived in Swainswick himself and was describing what sounds very much like an abduction experience in the song. Tragically it was eventually demolished to make way for the Batheaston By-pass.  A transcript of the lyrics is below the video.

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.”


To keep in silence I resigned

My friends would think I was a nut

Turning water into wine

Open doors would soon be shut

So I went from day to day

Tho’ my life was in a rut

“Till I thought of what I’d say

Which connection I should cut

I was feeling part of the scenery

I walked right out of the machinery

My heart going boom boom boom

“Hey” he said “Grab your things

I’ve come to take you home.”

(Back home.)

When illusion spin her net

I’m never where I want to be

And liberty she pirouette

When I think that I am free

Watched by empty silhouettes

Who close their eyes but still can see

No one taught them etiquette

I will show another me

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.”


Comments on: "Solsbury Hill" (1)

  1. Cathi Morgan said:

    I often cry when I watch the second part of this video

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