(source: "Girl Guide Songbook, Vol. 1", Girl Guides Association, 1984; also in "Songs for Canadian Girl Guides", Girl Guides of Canada, 1981.)
Thanks to Maureen Dodd for sending me the French words!
Note: "Taps" is used to close out all Guiding events. If the event finishes before sundown, it is appropriate to sing "Daylight Taps" instead.
Taps - Full Version
Source: "Sociability Songs 'Songs for Everybody'", Gordon V. Thompson Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
Thanks to Rosemary Smith for posting these words to the Guide Mailing List!
Other Versions of Taps
Thanks to Carol Bockman, who posted these versions to the Guiding Mailing List.
Air Ranger Taps
Sea Ranger Taps
Taps From Around the World
Wow! Thanks very much to Claudia Lister, who posted the words to "Taps" in a number of different languages to the Guiding Mailing List!
Note: These translations of "Taps" were published in Team Talk, Fall '95.
Pronunciation: (sounds connected by a hyphen are diphthongs i.e. said as one syllable and sung on the same note)
eel tah sah, oo-ee nah tah
pa-ee vewt vet ten yah met see en tah
tew new vine, loo-oh nahs on
hay rah ah-een
(words by Rand A Oppenheimer)
The True Story behind Taps
Thanks to Lyn Lunsted, who shared this with the Guiding Mailing List.
The 132-year-old bugle call was composed by Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield, who commanded the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, during the American Civil War.
Butterfield wrote "Taps" at Harrison's Landing, Va., in July 1862 to replace the customary firing of three rifle volleys at the end of burials during battle. "Taps" also replaced "Tatoo," the French bugle call to signal "lights out." Butterfield' s bugler, Oliver W. Norton of Chicago, was the first to sound the new call. Within months, "Taps" was sounded by buglers in both Union and Confederate forces.
One of the final bugle calls of the day on military installations, "Taps" is played at 10 p.m. as a signal to service members that it is "lights out."
When "Taps" is played, it is customary to salute, if in uniform, or place your hand over your heart if not. The composer of "Taps" was born Oct. 31, 1831, in Utica, N.Y., and joined the Army in Washington, D.C.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor in the U.S. Volunteers on June 27, 1862. After his brigade lost more than 600 men in the Battle of Gaines Mill, Butterfield took up the colors of the 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. Under heavy enemy fire, he encouraged the depleted ranks to regroup and continue the battle.
Butterfield died July 17, 1901, and was buried at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. "Taps" was sounded at his funeral.