The Wizard (Uriah Heep song)

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"The Wizard"
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Single by Uriah Heep
B-side "Why"
Released May 1972
Format 7"
Genre Progressive rock, folk rock
Length 2:59
Label Bronze
Mercury
Songwriter(s) Ken Hensley, Mark Clarke
Uriah Heep singles chronology
"Look at yourself"
(1971)
"The Wizard"
(1972)
"Easy Livin'"
(1972)
"Look at yourself"
(1971)
"The Wizard"
(1972)
"Easy Livin'"
(1972)

"The Wizard" is a single from rock band Uriah Heep's 1972 album Demons & Wizards and 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
position
Switzerland 8
Germany 34

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