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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."

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    filmneyeMay 24, 2010 at 9:18 am
    For those who don't know the history of this song, PG wrote it to explain why he left Genesis for a solo career. It's a song of personal independence & breaking free from the things that keep you pigeon-holed & hold you back.
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    UnregisteredApr 26, 2012 at 7:56 am
    This song is about peter 's belief that he was jesus . It is true that peter has a cheese fetish and suffers the inevitable consequences. This is plain to see when you watch the sledge hammer video. I have heard on the grapevine that a block of two week old wensley dale was responsible.
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    UnregisteredApr 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    Peter gabrial wrote after having a particularly weird dream after eating a block of rancid cheese. Earlier on in the evening he had watched a film about progressive boy scouting, this fact along with his almost erotic adulation of sir badon powell, left him feeling empty and desolate but also slightly aroused.
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    Jostar1991Feb 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm
    This song was played at my Uncle Bob's funeral, along with sweet child of mine and stairway to heaven. for me this song will always remind me of him and how upbeat he always was, even in the final stages of cancer

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