Old and Wise

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"Old and Wise"
Single by The Alan Parsons Project
from the album Eye in the Sky
B-side "Children of the Moon"
Released 1982
Format 7"
Recorded Late 1981
Genre Progressive rock, soft rock
Length 4:55
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
Producer(s) Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
The Alan Parsons Project singles chronology
"Old and Wise"
"You Don't Believe"
"Old and Wise"
"You Don't Believe"
Eye in the Sky track listing
"Step By Step"
"Old and Wise"

"Old and Wise" is a 1982 song by the Alan Parsons Project from the album Eye in the Sky.

The song reached number 21 on the Billboard AC charts in the US[citation needed] in early 1983 and number 74 in the United Kingdom: the first of the band's singles to chart in that country.[1]

Lead vocal[edit]

The lead vocal on "Old and Wise" was performed by former Zombies vocalist Colin Blunstone.[2] Blunstone made several appearances on Alan Parsons Project albums, but "Old and Wise" was the only single with Blunstone as lead singer to gain airplay. Blunstone later re-recorded the song for his own two-disc Best Of album, titled "Old and Wise," released in 2003.[3]

Cover versions and samples[edit]

  • Herman van Veen on his 1992 album You Take My Breath Away (Herman van Veen sings Pop Classics)
  • Viktoria Tolstoy on her 2006 album Pictures Of Me
  • Kendrick Lamar sampled "Old and Wise" on "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)", from his album Section.80
  • B.o.B sampled "Old and Wise" on "Campaign", from his mixtape Fuck Em We Ball
  • Pryda sampled vocals from "Old and Wise" on "Shadows" from his album Eric Prydz Presents Pryda
  • British pensioners' group The Zimmers recorded a cover of the song in 2008, with vocals by Peter Oakley.
  • Fat Jon sampled the song in "Everywhere" (track 4) of "Lightweight Heavy".
  • Styles P sampled on the song "Shadows" The Green Ghost Project Invasion 2010


  1. ^ "Alan Parsons Project singles charts history". Official Charts. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Mendoza, Bart (5 September 2014). "Fifty years of Zombies". Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Old and Wise - Colin Blunstone". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2016.