Old and Wise

"Old and Wise" is a 1982 song by the Alan Parsons Project from the album Eye in the Sky.

"Old and Wise"
Single by The Alan Parsons Project
from the album Eye in the Sky
B-side"Children of the Moon"
ReleasedDecember 1982 [1]
RecordedLate 1981
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
Producer(s)Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
The Alan Parsons Project singles chronology
"Old and Wise"
"You Don't Believe"

The song reached number 21 on the U.S. Billboard AC chart [2] in early 1983 and number 74 in the United Kingdom; the first of the band's singles to chart in that country.[3]

Lead vocalEdit

The lead vocal on the original release of "Old and Wise" was performed by former Zombies vocalist Colin Blunstone.[4] Blunstone made several appearances on Alan Parsons Project albums, but "Old and Wise" was the only single with Blunstone as lead singer to gain airplay. Blunstone later re-recorded the song for his own two-disc Best Of album, titled Old and Wise, released in 2003.[5]

However, an early (demo?) version (without orchestration or the saxophone solo) features Eric Woolfson singing lead. It was included as one of the bonus tracks on the 2007 remastered edition of Eye in the Sky.

Cover versionsEdit

  • Herman van Veen covered the song on his 1992 album You Take My Breath Away (Herman van Veen sings Pop Classics).
  • Viktoria Tolstoy on her 2006 album Pictures of Me.
  • British pensioners group The Zimmers recorded a cover of the song in 2008, with vocals by Peter Oakley.
  • Israeli musician Sagi Rei on album Diamond, Jade & Pearls.
  • Jadis included a cover on their 2001 compilation album Medium Rare.[6]



  1. ^ "Old and Wise".
  2. ^ "Billboard charts".
  3. ^ "Alan Parsons Project singles charts history". Official Charts. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. ^ Mendoza, Bart (5 September 2014). "Fifty years of Zombies". Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Old and Wise - Colin Blunstone". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Medium Rare - Jadis". Bandcamp. Retrieved 19 May 2021.