Taps

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Taps
Composer Daniel Butterfield
Released 1862-07-??
Title Origin Official

Taps is a military theme, usually played on bugle or trumpet and used to signify lights out. The song was arranged by General Daniel Butterfield who based it on an earlier song called Scott Tattoo. Gen. Butterfield first ordered the song to be played in July of 1862 during the American Civil War. In addition to a call for lights out, Taps has also been used to conclude military funerals.

Games

Gunfight (A8)

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Gunfight (A8)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1983-??-??
Format SAP

Plays whenever a player dies.

4x4 Off-Road Racing (C64)

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4x4 Off-Road Racing (C64)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1987-??-??
Length 0:21.05
Format SID

If you smash your 4x4 into a large obstacle on the road, it will explode, and you'll hear Taps played as your wreckage smolders.

4x4 Off-Road Racing (DOS)

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4x4 Off-Road Racing (DOS)
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Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-??-??
Length 0:19.01
Format UNK

Like the original Commodore game, Taps plays when you crash your truck.

4x4 Off-Road Racing (ZXS)

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4x4 Off-Road Racing (ZXS)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1988-??-??
Format AY

Like the original Commodore game, Taps plays when you crash your truck.

When on a Spectrum 128, the song is played on the internal AY-3-8912.

Wolfenstein 3D (DOS)

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Wolfenstein 3D (DOS)
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Arranger Bobby Prince
Released 1992-05-05
Length 1:08
Format AY

The first few notes of Taps are played in The March to War at about 27 seconds in.

Lyrics

There have been several various lyrics written for the song, but the official lyrics to Taps were written by Horace Lorenzo Trim.

Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes, 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 near
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.

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