The origins of “Taps,” the distinctive bugle melody played at U.S. military funerals and memorials and as a lights-out signal to soldiers at night, date back to the American Civil War. The word comes from the Dutch phrase "doe den tap toe", used from about the year 1600. The melody known as 'Taps' was found in the pocket of a dying boy on a Civil War battlefield. Why is it called "Taps"? Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. Categories Video Shock and Awe Military Life Family and Spouse. "Tap" means the tap of a barrel and "toe" means "to shut" - so "doe den tap toe" means "shut off the tap". Related Videos. Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. The signal was also known as the Drum Taps, The Taps, or in soldiers' slang: Taps.
Although primarily used within the military, several local or special variations of the tune are performed, primarily by organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America or American military schools. I wondered that, too, when I started researching the lyrics to Taps. The official military Taps is played by a single bugle or trumpet at dusk, during flag ceremonies and at military funerals by the United States Armed Forces. Taps is a bugle call which is a signal, not a song so there are no "official" Taps Lyrics as well.
It is also played all over the world in remembrance of the dead.
U.S.A. Marine Corp's Band - Taps lyrics lyrics: Day is done Gone the sun From the lakes From the hills From the sky All is well, safely rest. A young women performs amazing rendition of "il Silenzio", which sounds a lot like TAPS!
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