Taupin is lyricist Bernie Taupin's first solo album (released eponymously in the U.S.). It is a spoken word album of his poetry. Taupin is well known for his collaboration with Elton John writing the lyrics to the vast majority of songs on his albums, and he worked with the same musicians John used on his albums in order to create his own. Gus Dudgeon produced the album and Steve Brown coordinated it.

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GenreSpoken word
LabelDJM / Elektra (U.S.)
ProducerGus Dudgeon
Bernie Taupin chronology
He Who Rides the Tiger
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Christgau's Record GuideE[1]

All the poems were written by Bernie Taupin.

Track listing

All songs written by Bernie Taupin, Caleb Quaye, and Davey Johnstone, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Child"

Side two

  1. "When the Heron Wakes"
  2. "Like Summer Tempests"
  3. "Today's Hero" (Taupin, Quaye, Johnstone, Phillips)
  4. "Sisters of the Cross" (Taupin, Richard Coff, Diana Lewis)
  5. "Brothers Together Again"
  6. "Verses After Dark"
    • "La Petite Marionette" (Taupin, Coff)
    • "Ratcatcher" (Taupin, Phillips)
    • "The Visitor" (Taupin, Phillips)