Uriah Heep - "The Wizard"




"The Wizard" is a single from British rock band Uriah Heep's 1972 album Demons & Wizards. It was the first single to be lifted from the album. It was composed by Mark Clarke and Ken Hensley. It is a gentle, semi-acoustic ballad whose lyrics deal with a man wandering until he meets "the Wizard of a thousand kings", a possible reference to the druid Merlin, to Gandalf, to an angel, to a bodhisattva, or even God. This song is the first Uriah Heep single which had a music video.





Lyrics


He was the wizard of a thousand kings

And I chanced to meet him one night wandering

He told me tales, and he drank my wine

Me and my magic man kinda feelin' fine


He had a cloak of gold and eyes of fire

And as he spoke, I felt a deep desire

To free the world from it's fear and pain

And help the people to feel free again


Why don't we listen to the voices in our hearts

'Cause then I know we'd find that we're not so far apart

Everybody's got to be happy, everyone should sing

For we know the joy of life, the peace that love can bring


So spoke the wizard in his mountain home

The vision of his wisdom means we'll never be alone

And I will dream of my magic night

And the million silver stars that guide me with their light