The Wizard (Uriah Heep song)

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"The Wizard"
Single by Uriah Heep
ReleasedMay 1972
GenreProgressive rock, folk rock
Songwriter(s)Ken Hensley, Mark Clarke
Uriah Heep singles chronology
"Look at yourself"
"The Wizard"
"Easy Livin'"

"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.[1] 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.

The song was composed by keyboardist-guitarist Ken Hensley and the band's short time bassist Mark Clarke.[2] "The Wizard" also was the only composition that includes Clarke as a member of the band. The song charted at #34 in Germany and at #8 in Switzerland.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Country (1972) Peak
Switzerland 8
Germany 34



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