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Thread #136775   Message #3125252
Posted By: whitehound
30-Mar-11 - 09:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Wizard (Peter Jenkyns)
Subject: Lyr Req: The Wizard (music for schools?)
I tried posting this a couple of days ago but it seems to have vanished into the ether.

A friend of mine who died a few weeks ago used to sing a song called The Wizard. After he died - so I can't ask him about it! - I decided on a whim to look it up and get the complete words, only to find that it's a very obscure song. There are only a few places on the net that even mention it - and all of them are other peopel trying to find the lyrics.

I've pieced together what I can from what my friend told me and what I could find on the net, but I don't know if what I have is complete or not. It was probably one of the songs produced in Britain sepcifically for use in schools in the 1960s/1970s.

The Wizard

With pointed hat and nails like claws
And a terrible smile on his face
The Wizard sits behind locked doors
In his cell in a mountain place.
Around the walls of his magic cell
Ranged out in endless lines
Are books of spells for him to cast
And bottles of magic wine

With horny hands he waves his wand
And scatters upon the fire
A powder which burns with a ghostly light
As the flames grow [or rise?] even higher
His lips recite a magic spell
The flames dance on the walls
And shadows darken on his face
As to his knees he falls

?? another verse??

As I turn the page of the picture book,
The scenes change endlessly:
Kings and Queens and palaces,
And galleons on the sea.
But whenever I look at the picture book,
I linger over the place
Where the Wizard sits behind locked doors
In his cell in a mountain place

And all around are spells to cast
And bottles of magic wine
And all the time his terrible eyes
Are staring into mine!

Does anybody know whether that should be "grow" or "rise", whether there's another verse or verses in the middle and what the tune is?