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Silas Sparkhammer
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In Cordwainer Smith's MIRACULOUSLY beautiful novel "Norstrilia," set in the reasonably far future, one character enters and sings a song.

"Light a lantern, light a lantern, light a lantern, here we come."

He says: this is the oldest song you will ever hear. It's called "General Quarters."

My two questions:

1) Do bugle calls have words?

2) Where can I find the "sheet music" for bugle calls?

I've been worrying at this for more than fifteen years... Recently, I caught a John Wayne movie, where he has a bugler blow "General Quarters" into a speaker. The notes fit the words. But where do the words come from?

I've been curious for over half my lifetime!

Silas (Cordwainer Smith might well be the BEST SF writer ever...) Sparkhammer

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Yeah, I think these are the words to revellie (or however it is spelled)

dada da da da dada da da da dada da da da da da da (mind the triplettes)
just kidding.....

As for general quarters, this is also an alarm used in the Navy and the words are
"general quarters, man your battle stations, genral quarters, man your battle stations..this is (for a drill they say "a drill", for an alert "an alert" repeated 2x)
and this sounds like a horn and electronic bell (like a chime) combination
I don't know if there are other general quarters

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These are the words I learned for Reveille:

You can't get 'em up, you can't get 'em up,
You can't get 'em up in the morning.

You can't get 'em up, you can't get 'em up,
You can't get 'em up today.

I believe there is more to the tune, but that's as far as my words went.

As far as the origin, it is a "folk song". We learned it as children, everybody knew it, and you didn't find it in song books.

Chava


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My dad used to come into the bedroom and sing (to the tune of Reveille):

"It's time to get up it's time to get up it's time to get up in the morning!"

But enough about last week.

I'd like to see a Viagra commericial with Bob Dole singing "I can't get it up I can't get it up I can't get it up in the morning!"


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Silas Sparkhammer
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I found a sound file of the "alarm" version of General Quarters, which is basically a honking klaxon and a voice over a loudspeaker. But it actually is a bugle call, and it fits the words Smith quoted. Now, I'm SURE there are places I can find the "sheet music" to various bugle calls -- reveille, "charge," "retreat," etc. (I was watching on old cowboys and indians movie, where the commander ordered the bugler to blow "Cease Fire.")

For what it's worth, Boccherini wrote a BEAUTIFUL musical fantasy, based on the call of the Military Nightwath in Madrid as they changed the guard; one unit would take up position, while the other unit "retreated" or retired, and this "Retirata" or "retreat" was the inspiration for his music.

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I was taught the words to "Taps" as:
quote:

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


All those summers at Boy Scout camp...

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Silas Sparkhammer
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quote:
Originally posted by Kamin:
I was taught the words to "Taps" as:
[QUOTE]
Day is done
Gone the sun
From the hills, from the lakes from the sky
All is well
Safely rest
God is nigh


All those summers at Boy Scout camp...
[/QUOTE]

That's PRETTY! I've clipped that and put it in my scrapbook of really, really lovely quotes. I couldn't guess at the provenance, but it doesn't matter: that's lovely!

Thank you! That's the nicest thing I've learned all day!

Silas (romantic at heart) Sparkhammer

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Glad you liked it, Silas. Makes it worth getting that Eagle Scout
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I, too, sang those words to Taps (incidentally, I don't know if it's called that in Britain, but I recognised the tune instantly ). We used to sing them at the end of Brownie (no laughing) meetings - the equivalent of Girl Scouts. Being naughty wee things (well, what do you expect when all our sixes were named after pixies, elves and other fairy folk?), we also used to sing the words at an accelerated rock'n'roll tempo to annoy Brown Owl. I'm trying to think of what the chords would be but it's a long time since I did any music theory.... Sort of descending, minor feel to it, like the chords for Stand by Me...

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quote:
Originally posted by Silas Sparkhammer:
2) Where can I find the "sheet music" for bugle calls?

If this is useful at all, the melody "Taps" is simply a first inversion triad. Pick a note, go up a perfect fourth, then up a major third from there, and you have all the notes you need. For instance, you started on a G:

G G C
G C E
G C E, G C E, G C E
G C E, E C G
G G C

The whole thing can be harmonized with a CM triad.


On the topic of words for "Reveille," Irving Berlin wrote them as "You've got to get up, you've got to get up, you've got to get up this morning," in his "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning." So that's another variation.


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The words I know to Taps are a little different:

quote:
From the lake,
From the hill,
From the sky

This actually corresponds to the order in which one's surroundings darken as the sun goes down. (The Girl Scouts are the real nitpickers. One lake, one hill, one sky, I was told.)

Here's another version. This one is sung as "Daytime Taps" by the Girl Scouts.

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

Chava


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I learned -
"from the lakes,
from the hills,
from the skies"

I wonder what has happened to all the girl scout songs that mention God (which was very nearly all of them) now that they've stopped making religion a necessary part of scouting (which I believe is a good thing).


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I wonder what has happened to all the girl scout songs that mention God (which was very nearly all of them) now that they've stopped making religion a necessary part of scouting (which I believe is a good thing).

I actually don't remember songs that explicitly mention God, except for the sung graces before meals. I'll check my old song books.

The local camps here have all but forgotten the "serious" songs we used to sing when I was a kid. They're real big on the sing-after-the-leader type songs and the silly songs with hand motions. I think part of the problem is that camp is only 5 days instead of the 12 we had, and 5 days is not long enough to learn a song with any substance to it.

They still sing the graces, but you don't have to join in. The reference to God in the promise is optional, or you can reword it to refer to Jehovah or Allah or the Mother Goddess as you wish.

Chava


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I remember we had an alternative end-of-meeting song called "Brownie Bells", which was to the tune you get from a church clock chiming the peal for the hour:

Oh Lord our God
Thy Children Call
Grant us they peace
And bless us all

We were all supposed to hold hands in a circle and slowly swing our arms as we sang. Obviously this meant we flung our arms about as wildly as we could, risking pulled muscles and twisted joints.

Embra "brownie study"

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quote:
Originally posted by Embra:
I remember we had an alternative end-of-meeting song called "Brownie Bells", which was to the tune you get from a church clock chiming the peal for the hour:

Oh Lord our God
Thy Children Call
Grant us they peace
And bless us all



In my early days of piano lessons, I had that tune as an assignment, with the words, "All through this hour / Lord, be my guide. / And by thy power / No foot shall slide." I might have the last two lines screwed up, but it was something similar.

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Chow call: "soupy soupy soupy, come & get your soup" "repeat +1,repeat-2". Likely an "aftermarket"

Warning- small dirty word in next tune-Warning

Assembly: "there's a soldier in the grass, with a bullet up his ass/ take it out, take it out, like a good girl scout". Again, likely just made up to fit the tune.

And you have likely heard "charge"- but I know of no words. There is also "boots & saddles", and "recall" (retreat). I had a small book once, there was bunches of them. Umm, perhaps a "search' for "bugle calls" might net some more.

Only "taps" has a small possibilty of really having words that were actually meant to go with the tune, and that is doubtful.


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quote:
Originally posted by Chava:
These are the words I learned for Reveille:

You can't get 'em up, you can't get 'em up,
You can't get 'em up in the morning.

You can't get 'em up, you can't get 'em up,
You can't get 'em up today.

I believe there is more to the tune, but that's as far as my words went.


The second stanza goes,

The corporals worse than privates,
The sergeants worse than corporals,
The captains worse than sergeants,
And generals worst of all.


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Is Taps the tune played at Funerals? If so, the British/Commonwealth version would be The Last Post
The Last Post

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quote:
Originally posted by Faustus Q. Woodbine:
The second stanza goes,

The corporals worse than privates,
The sergeants worse than corporals,
The captains worse than sergeants,
And generals worst of all.


The colonel told the captain,
The captain told the sergeant,
The sergeant told the bugler,
The bugler told them all.

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As I recall learning the story of TAPS it was written during the Civil War by a Gen. Butterfield who didn't like the EXTINGUISHE LIGHTS (I think it was the same as the British TAPTOO or TATTOO) that was use. The General heard a bugler playing a melody one night, which he jotted down and expanded wth the help of his company bugler Oliver Norton.
I don't know where the words came from.
When I was a Brownie we never sang it; later in Girl Scouts (as both a Cadet and a Junior) we only sang it at sunset in camp after lowering and folding the flag. Often there would be someone playing a bugle, flute, or recorder.
The words we sang were always the same:

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;
This we know
As we go
God is nigh.

(It seems to me that other troops sometimes had variations of these words, but I don't remember them.)

However, I've never heard it sung at a funereal, just played by a bugler.

Kat "Patrol Leader and tons of badges" O'Klzmk

PS-You could try a search at www.refdesk.com for bugle call charts & words.

Edited because I didn't get the names quite right, and I'm not sure about the relationship between TAPTOO/TATTOO but I know it had some bearing on it.


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I play trombone, you upper brass twit but here goes Here
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Don't remember for sure, but I have a possible source for bugle music...the Boy Scout "bugler" merit badge book.

Big "hope I remembered right" J


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