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Old and Wise by The Alan Parsons Project

Album: Eye in the SkyReleased: 1982Charted:
  • Alan Parsons wrote this song with his partner in the group, Eric Woolfson. The song is about a man approaching death, addressing those he knew with fond remembrance, as he now has no time for bitter memories.
  • The Alan Parsons Project used a variety of vocalists, and on this one, Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone sings lead. Parsons and Blunstone had known each other for quite a while, as Parsons was an engineer on the 1968 Zombies album Odessey and Oracle, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, the same place the Eye in the Sky sessions were held. Blunstone got to know Eric Woolfson through Parsons.

    In our interview with Blunstone, he talked about how this song came together. Said Blunstone: "I was talking to Eric one night in Abbey Road and he said, 'I'd like to play you this song' and we walked into a deserted Studio Three - Alan Parsons usually used Studio Two, which is the same studio The Beatles used most of the time – but we walked into Studio Three, which is where The Zombies recorded 'Time Of The Season.' Eric sat down and played me that song on the piano, and I thought, 'That's a wonderful song.' He said, 'Well, we'd like you to have a go at putting a vocal on it.' And that's what happened.

    So the first time I heard it was Eric playing the song live in its entirety in Studio Three in Abbey Road. I just thought it was a wonderful song. Still do."
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Comments: 8

I would like this song to be played at my funeral...Alon - Forest Hills, Ny
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My Uncle died of a Glioblastoma Multiforme after a 16 month fight with this deadly cancer, and at his funeral, at his request, this song was played.Michael - Milford, Ma
I have contemplated suicide before..I have put this song on and remembered all the ones I love who passed before me while struggling to live!! I saw thier faces as the slipped from this world... I have a life yet I wish to feel numbness. I realized then I will not feel numbness, rather death. This song keeps me in tears and reminds me of my giftMaureen - Philaelphia, Pa
I came to this site today to read the words to Old and Wise. On July 9, 2005, my sister passed away from an aggressive, diagnosed-too-late ovarian cancer, shortly after her 40th birthday. After she died I opened an envelope she had left, to be opened only if she died. In it were the written instructions for her funeral, and this song was specifically requested by her - to be sung by her co-worker, the worship leader at our church. I had never heard the song before and I wanted a copy of the words to keep but it's taken me this long to reach the point emotionally where I can read it and not fall apart. Susan.Susan - Edmonton, Canada
An awesome song reminding me of what has happened in the past and how to cherish those memories (yes, it's sappy but true).Joseph - Bowling Green, Ky