In a Songfacts interview, Ken Hensley addressed the identity of the wizard in the song
. "Actually, this song came from a dream that I had persistently over a week and, when I decided to write it, I just followed what I had seen in the dream, along with a little amateur philosophy!" Hensley said.
"The dream came to life in the song and, although I always dream a lot, I never had that particular dream again."