"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.
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
Songwriters: Paul Hardcastle
The Wizard lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Domino Publishing Company