All My Favorite Songs #33: Solsbury Hill
It was only after getting into Genesis that I understood the context for the heavily metaphorical lyrics about his leaving the band--"I walked right out of the machinery"--but the sense of independence and self-discovery was obvious from the start. As the chorus line moves from "Grab your things, we've come to take you home" through the closing, triumphant, "You can keep my things, they've come to take me home," there's an overwhelming feeling of catharsis that just swamps me. Throw in the belated entry of the electric guitars and celebratory whooping at the end, and it's a pretty emotional little ditty.
These days, the song seems to be much more inescapable, showing up on the radio and movie soundtracks all the time (not to mention fake soundtracks, YouTube warriors grafting it into unlikely places). But at the time, Gabriel was a relatively new presence in our little suburban enclave, and my discovery of his first album and "Solsbury Hill" made them feel more like personal treasures, a magic that hasn't diminished over time.Live in '78:And of course, that classic trailer for The Shining, recut as a romantic comedy: