You mean Taps has words?

One of my co-workers was shocked to hear this!
Yes you twit there are words.

Well, to be fair to your co-worker, no one ever sings Taps.

Girl Scouts do. Although I never looked beyond the Girl Scout Manual to see if they’re singing the correct lyrics as written, or if it’s a Girl Scout adaptation?

  • “Day is done,
    Gone the sun,
    from the hills, from the (something, something?)
    All is well, safely rest,
    God is nigh”*

Help?

Except the Girl Guides and I think the Scouts

LifeOnWry it’s

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky
All is well
Safely rest
God is nigh

Or there is Day Taps

Thanks and praise
For our days
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky
As we go
This we know
God is nigh

I stand corrected. I was never a Girl Scout and had never heard anyone sing it. I only know there are words because they were in one of my textbooks in Jr. High.

I think there’s a variant for military funerals as well with the last lines:

Sleep in peace
Soldier brave
God is nigh

It admits to endless adaptations.

I only know the words because I have to know the words a Leader. It would be terrible for me not to know them. We sing the night Taps at the end of each meeting and camp is ended with day Taps.

Well, that is one reason I posted in here instead of the pit.
It really didn’t piss me off, it just struck me as funny. (funny odd, not funny Ha-Ha)
Yeah, I was a girl scout and that is how I knew, but Arden Ranger found it in a text book and may not have known the words but at least knew that there was some form of wording to the music.

Reveille has words, too.

It does?

I thought my grandfather made that up. He always sang,

“you gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get up in the MOOOOORNING!”

I had no idea! :blushes:

I’m not sure that any of the lyrics to these things are “official”…but FWIW…check here

The lyrics to reveille are the same as I remember. However, I remember mess call starting as:

Come and get your beans, boys.
Come and get your beans.

But that’s all I remember.

Well I never knew reveille had words… that’s a new one for me!

LifeonWry, I used to wake up my son Ralf Jr. on school mornings by singing Reveille.

(ahem… mimimi…)

“You gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get up in the morning!
You gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get up right now!
Don’t lay awake in bed, you little sleepy head,
You gotta get up in the morning, you gotta get up right now!”

He’s just starting band in school now, and choosing an instrument. If he gets a trumpet, I’m gonna be in so much trouble…

Here’s the Boy Scout version from what I recall. Keep in mind, I haven’t been in Scouting since '83.

Taps

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.
O

Fighting what since when?

I was in Camp Fire Bluebirds, and we sang Taps at the end of every meeting. (I seem to remember hand motions as well.) That’s the only time I’ve ever heard the words used, though–it doesn’t really surprise me that someone who was not in one of those organizations would not know that there were words.

However, the many employers who have not known what “Eagle Scout” means on my husband’s resume–they surprise me.

My father used to sing the “You gotta get up, you gotta get up, you gotta get up in the morning!” version of Reveille. I hate that song.

Reveille:
I can’t get em up, I can’t get em up, I can’t get em up in the morning.
I can’t get em up, I can’t get em up at all.
The corp’ral is worse than the private,
The sargent’s is worse than the corp’ral,
The lieut’s worse than the sargent,
And the captain is worse than them all.

Reveille:
I can’t get em up, I can’t get em up, I can’t get em up in the morning.
I can’t get em up, I can’t get em up, I can’t get em up at all.
The corp’ral is worse than the private,
The sargent’s is worse than the corp’ral,
The lieut’s worse than the sargent,
And the captain is worse than them all.

Correct words from “Following The Guidon” By E.B. Custer.