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"Solsbury Hill" is a song by 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. The song was his debut single. The single was a Top 20 hit in the UK and reached #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977. The song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983, reaching #84.

It has been used in a number of films, for example in the soundtracks of the 2001 film Vanilla Sky, and the 2004 film In Good Company. Its prevalence has been called "ubiquitous", particularly its inclusion in a satirical re-cut trailer of The Shining. The song has been covered by many artists, including Lou Reed, moe., Dave Matthews, Erasure, Sarah McLachlan, Saga, Kyte and Justin Hines, among others.

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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