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Solsbury Hill Tab

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Capo
4th fret
The song IS in the key of B, but the capo should be on the FOURTH fret
rather than the second.  It makes it sound a lot better!  The chords of the
instrumental bits tend to be rapidly arpeggiated (perhaps they're
finger-picked, but I do better flat-picking quickly...), and the chords of
the verses are strummed, with some light appregiation prior to each vocal
phrase.  [The vertical bars represent phrases, not actual measures].


[Intro]

   Section A (1X)                    Section B (5X)                  to


[Verse]

           Section A                          Section B
E||--------|-----------|-----------||--------|-----------|----------||---------|
B||--------|-0---1---0-|-1---0---3-||--------|-1---3--0--|-1---0--3-||---------|
G||----0-2-|--0---0--0-|--0---0--2-||----0-2-|--0-----0-0|--0--0--2-||----0-2--|
D||--4-----|---0---2-0-|---2---0-0-||--4-----|---2----0--|---2-0--0-||--4------|
A||--------|-----------|-----------||--------|-----------|----------||---------|
E||--------|-----------|-----------||--------|-----------|----------||---------|
            (G)  (C)(G)  (C) (G)(D)           (C)    (G)   (C)(G)(D)


G     D    G                             G     D     G
                Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
                                        Em     D     Em
                I could see the city lights
                                        Em     D     Em
          Wind was blowing, time stood still
                                        G      D     G
                 Eagle flew out of the night
                                               G      D     G
                 He was something to observe
                                        Em     D     Em
              Came in close, I heard a voice
                                               Em     D     Em
             Standing stretching every nerve
                                        Cmaj7  D        Cmaj7
                           Had to listen had no choice  I did not believe the
           information


               D               Cmaj7
              [I] just had to trust imagination
                D        Cmaj7
               My heart going boom boom boom

              "Son," he said   "Grab your things, I've come to take you
home."

[Instrumental]

Section A (1X), then Section B (1X)


[Verse 2]

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
'Til 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."


[Instrumental]

Section A (1X), then Section B (1X)


[Verse 3]

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 on 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."

etc.....


Well, here goes.  There are two different E chord forms,  marked as E(1) and
E(2), just to confuse you...


Solsbury Hill  - Peter Gabriel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Capo 2nd fret.

7/4 time

Guitar motif:

 Beats  1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   5   +   6   +   7   +
  e||------------------------------------------------------------||
  B||---3-----5-----2-----------3-----2-----0---------------0----||
  G||*----2---------2-------------2---------1-------1---2-------*||
  D||*------4-------2---------------4-------2-------------------*||
  A||---0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--------||
  E|------------------------------------------------------------||


In addition there is a simple melodic figure played at the start of each bar
throughout the verses over top of the chords:

 Beats  1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   5   +   6   +   7   +
  e||------------------------------------------------------------||
  B||---2-----------0--------------------------------------------||
  G||*----------------------2---2-------------------------------*||
  D||*----------------------------------------------------------*||
  A||------------------------------------------------------------||
  E||------------------------------------------------------------||


[Intro]

 Guitar motif x6


[Verse 1]

                          A  E/A  A

                          A  E/A  A
  Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
                          F#m  E/F#  F#m
  I could see the city lights
                               F#m  E/F#  F#m
  Wind was blowing, time stood still
                        A  E/A  A
  Eagle flew out of the night
                        A  E/A  A
  He was something to observe
                           F#m  E/F#  F#m
  Came in close; I heard a voice
                             F#m  E/F#  F#m
  Standing, stretching every nerve
                          Dmaj7  E/D  Dmaj7
  I had to listen; had no choice
                               Dmaj7
  I did not believe the information
  E/D         Dmaj7        F#m
  Just had to trust imagination
     E(1)        Dmaj7
  My heart going boom boom boom
  Dmaj7   E/D  Dmaj7   D         A           Esus4   E(2)
  Son, he said,        grab your things I've come to take you home


 Guitar motif x2


[Verse 2]

  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
  Though my life was in a rut
  Till I thought of what I'd say
  And 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
  Son, he said, grab your things I've come to take you home


 Guitar motif x4


[Verse 3]

  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
  So 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


 Guitar motif to fade (x12)


Chords:
     A:  x02220      E/A:  x02100
   F#m:  244222     E/F#:  2x2100
 Dmaj7:  xx0222      E/D:  xx0100
  E(1):  022100        D:  xx0232
 Esus4:  0xx455     E(2):  0xx454
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LastIncarnation 10 wrote on November 1 2004, 12:00 am

I think you are close, but it's not perfect.. The verse chords sound way off. GDG? I don't think so...

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Greytimothy 22 wrote on December 10 2005, 02:30 pm

This is well done.

LastIncarnation is wrong. The Verse chords are NOT way off. They are GDG EmDEm with the capo on the 4th fret. It just happens quickly.

It does sound better to to play the D chord with the F# on the 4th string instead of the open D. Also, I like to play intro/lick part with a little of the full G chord to give it some bass.

Nice job.

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orange_juice 196 wrote on September 21 2007, 08:37 pm

just not right man. theres no good tabs of this song anywhere

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