He was the wizard of a thousand kings And I chanced to meet him one night wandering He told me tales and he drank my wine Me and my magic man kind of feeling fine
He had a cloak of gold And eyes of fire And as he spoke I felt a deep desire To free the world of its fear and pain And help the people to feel free again
Why don't we listen to the voices in our hearts 'Cause then I know we'd find we're not so far apart Everybody's got to be happy Everyone should sing For we know the joy of life The peace that love can bring
So spoke the wizard in his mountain home The vision of his wisdom means we'll never be alone And I will dream of my magic night And the million silver stars that guide me with their light
Writer/s: Kenneth William David Hensley, Mark Allen Clarke
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing
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John from RenfrewSome good comments. and Mariana, I have lamented forever that the Heep is the most underrated band in history. Fans take issue with that saying they aren't underrated, by looking at their album sales, and people like us who post on these things. But the mainstream (not that anybody cares about them) never liked them, and I don't think they will ever get to the rock and roll hall of fame. this is one of their many beautiful melodies, their lyrics are great also (with some Christian/scriptural overtones), and yes, this is never more appropriate than for today's troubled times. PS - can we start our own Hall of fame? Hensley not being it, in particular is wrong wrong wrong.
Frosty from Marietta GaSadly, lyrics of the Wizard never more appropriate than today’s troubled times. Thank you Mark Clarke and Ken Hensley. Makes you think there’s hope against impossible odds of the human soul.
Jefff from MarylandThe secular world would think it's about whatever this is very biblical and Uriah heap is biblical and the songs like Stealing and this song cloak of gold and eyes of fire is from revelations.
Lenny from Edison, NjOne of their finest songs, perhaps the best. An absolute gem. Only wish it was a few minutes longer!
Margret Hamilton from St. Paul, MnThis song is an underrated giant of beauty! I really do not care if the rest of the rock world agrees or cares. What a beautiful melody!
Uriah Heep are the masters of medieval rock with wizards and renaissance imagery. Their harmonies are exquisite!
Question: How has the epic monster Salisbury been totally ignored by critics and afficiandos of the great underground rock bands of the late sixties and seventies? If you got high and listened to greats like Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, the Doors, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper, and others of course ---- if you heard this 16 minute classic on head phones and did not "connect" ---- then I cannot make an honest analysis of you.
Doug from Kansas City, Moan outstanding song! Takes me way back to those mystical days of my youth, when I thought i had nothing. In fact....I had EVERYTHING
Mariana from Timisoara, RomaniaWhat a great song. I cannot believe that there are almost no comments.
Rick from Salisbury, NcA hard rocking song for sure!