The Angry Corrie 7: May-June 1992


Mountaineering Melodies No. 5: Solsbury Hill

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night...

Peter Gabriel: Solsbury Hill, 1977

The accepted wisdom states this to be a song about Gabriel's desire to split from the most turgid of the seventies supergroups, Genesis - but we of course know better. It's the eagle that gives the game away. What old Fox-Heid was really up to involved the rapid garnering of hill-knowledge so as to be able to move to Glen Coe and form a ceilidh band with renowned climber and eagle-fetishist Moira Kerr. Hence the urgency which seems to have led him to climb his hills in the wee small hours. Or perhaps he was just too busy with stadia soundchecks during the daytime. Another theory has it that the whole band were interested in the Great Outdoors. After all, it was only a matter of years before "Baldy" Phil Collins released an album entitled No Goretex Jacket Required.


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