Saturday, June 6, 2009

Solsbury Hill

The times I have heard this song I have experienced the tingles down my spine because this is a truly beautiful song and I am sure that Gabriel is trying to say something with it. People sometimes think that Springsteen represented the eagle and was an example for Gabriel to strike it out on his own, but the reference to liberty and empty silhouettes suggest that the song has a much deeper meaning. The song is distinctively American as explained by other musicians in various places on the web[2]

Many people count it as one of their favorites. The music is magnificent but there may be an underlying truth here that people cannot bring to the surface of their thinking and express it in words. Beauty and truth are strongly related and this song speaks of a truth that we can feel but not yet quantify - this is perhaps why the song has had such staying power after initially released with only moderate success.

I believe that Gabriel in his first verse:

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still

that Solsbury Hill, by being a real place also refers to the "rabbit hole" that Alice falls down in Alice In Wonderland. When we climb up a hill we see more, just as the old expression "going down the rabbit hole" refers. Time is measured by change. Things change when time changes but to say that time stands still is to say that nothing has or is changing. The wind blowing is always a literary reference to something going south.

Our cities are shaped for war making, almost every aspect of civilization as we know it in the West is about war making, this is best explained in The Report From Iron Mountain (you can find free of this on the web). The city light may even be a direct reference to Lucifer. No doubt a highly placed musician such as Gabriel knew of the Luciferians. This hypothesis has its strongest evidence in the last verse, so bear with me.

The above verse goes on:

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

Just had to trust my imagination

It may be that Gabriel separated from Genesis for political reasons, he is known as a humanitarian and songs such as Red Rain also suggest a political undertone. The Eagle flying out in the night must be a symbolic awakening to a greater truth. Evidence of that greater truth was likely from America because the press was free back then. Many things were happening around that time, the world which we see now was in its early stages of being set up. Humanity was threatened according to the environmentalists. GATT was signed. Soldiers were home from Vietnam and many were awakened to the waste of war (its true purpose). It was a time of political awakening.

The eagle comes in close and he hears a voice. We do not see certain truths until someone points them out to us. The truth is something to observe because it is so radically different to beliefs held common. We have to listen, we have no choice. Events such as the Kennedy assassination and the wars enter our consciousness whether we realize the broad significance right away or not. We trust our imagination when we see the need to look into things from a deeper prospective.

The next verse describes what I had felt and what I think many others felt during their first encounter with the truth - climbing up on Solsbury hill and seeing the product of the city (our civilization, the light of Lucifer)

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

This verse is mostly self explanatory to anyone in the truth movement except "turning water into wine". I believe this is turning the massive lies and fairy tales provided by the establishment into a few simple, perhaps bitter truths, maybe sweet for some.

I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery

When we notice certain things we also feel more a part of things and our surroundings. Patriots play a role in the changes we experience while others turn a blind eye as referenced in the verse below:

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

A pirouette is a spin, in the case of ballet dancing the dancer spins to the return position or to "whirl about".

Liberty has turned around to work for government. In government and law there is the maxim that freedom and value is interchangeable[1]. Value is obtained through the loss of freedom for those who take or give up freedom. Government now has freedom that we used to have, freedom in speech (with no responsibility to truth). Our freedoms are being taken away to create more freedom of speech for government. Another example of this would be seat belt laws whos fines result in payment to the banks rather than increased safety awareness as one would expect. The concept of rights being interchanged for value is fundamental to the UCC (see Puff below).

The empty silhouettes refers to the corporate machine that governs us, a corporate entity cannot be a person. Each person is a corporate identity just as the government itself is a corporate entity, sometimes this is referred to as a vessel. In the story Puff The Magic Dragon, the dragon makes reference to Peter Pans shadow that is always getting away from him. It is the shadow government or empty silhouette that is taking over government. It is empty because it is morally empty. Governance must be based on morality to be valid.

The above verse goes on:

No one taught them etiquette
I will show them another me
Today I don't need a replacement

Etiquette is social law, but the empty silhouettes that govern us do not follow the law. "I will show them another me" is referring to the private vs public person, people did exit the public as part of taxation and war protest. This is no longer done since we now know it to be impossible by law.

I'll tell them what the smile on my face meant

There is a way out, of this I am certain, but I have a lot more thinking and research to do. No one understood the way out back during this time.

My heart going boom boom boom
Yeah, mine too.

Grab your things its time to take you home

I believe this is an awakening to a grander truth and to step into it and away from the illusion. Maybe I am a nut.

[1] What Does Accepted For Value Mean , Byron Beers (available free at

[2] Links to other essays at


Penny said...

hey doug, quite interesting.
Until you had written this piece I had actually never given this song another thought, but I am of the mind that songs have tales to tell, along the line of fables.

Doug Plumb said...

I think good art is full of truth. We don't see that in visual paintings because of the communist agenda to make art repulsive and irrelevant. More on this can be found at Very interesting 45 points.

Magdelena said...

This song has always given me shivers too - one of the best for sure. I think your analysis is bang on Doug.

Doug Plumb said...

Good, I am not crazy after all- With two of you thinking I may be right. I sort of expected to be labeled a nut with this one, although I gave it 3 days of careful thought.


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