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Tucker Zimmerman wrote Taoist Tale in 1975 and released it in 1983 on his album Word Games.
Nic Jones sang Taoist Tale in a concert, club or studio performance recorded prior to his car accident in 1982 on his 2001 CD Unearthed.
Chris Wood sang The Taoist Tale with Martin Carthy singing chorus in 1998 on their album Wood – Wilson – Carthy. This recording was also included in 2009 on Chris Wood’s anthology Albion. Chris Wood commented in the original record’s sleeve notes:
I learnt this song from a tape of Nic Jones singing at Chelmsford folk club many many years ago.
Maggie Holland sang Taoist Tale in 1995 on her Rhiannon CD By Heart.
Gerry Hallom sang Taoist Tales, “a song I knew of by reputation long before I heard it courtesy of Maggie Holland”, in 1997 on his CD On the Periphery.
The new-generation Albion Band sang A Taoist Tale in 2012 on their EP Fighting Room.
Rakoczy sang Taoist Tale in 2020 on her Talking Cat album Frontrunner, an exploration of the image of the horse in British folklore. She noted:
A song about letting go of the false sense of control many of us cling to, whilst being a warning to have kept a better grip on that wild horse you were trying to break… or is it? How so you know?
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