Heart Of Stone

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Ace, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N
    If this don't Humble your Heart it made out of stone.

    If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were played; this brings out a new meaning of it.

    Here is something Every American should know. Until I read this, I didn't know, but I checked it out and it's true:

    We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps". It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.
    But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

    Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison 's Landing in Virginia . The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

    During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.

    When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.

    The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.

    The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.

    The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.

    The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

    But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

    The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.

    The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" . used at military funerals was born.
    The words are :

    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 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.
    I too have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either so thought I'd pass it along.

    I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.
    Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.
    And also those presently serving in the Armed Forces. Let us all Remenber an pray for them all.

    :sad_2a: :too_sad: :too_sad:

  2. thegavel

    thegavel New Member

    West Des Moines, Iowa
    Thanks for the post ACE, I wonder how many people really knew the words. I had deard the story before, but had not seen the words!

  3. copycat

    copycat New Member

    New Jersey
    Thanks for another great post Ace!
  4. catfishsteve

    catfishsteve New Member

    Omaha, NE
    As a former USAF trumpeter, I know that story well. Thanks for retelling it here. I've played "Taps" at many military funerals. Sometimes, it was very hard for me to get through the playing of taps with the family there and all.
    I always considered those performances to be the very most important days I ever played. I've forgotten a lot of the places I've played, but I remember those funerals and that story.
  5. suddawg

    suddawg New Member

    Thanks for the great post. I knew that story about the origins but not the details or the words. Thanks

  6. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N
    Thanks brother Steve for the part you played in these military funerals.
    My wife family has had severial military funerals.

  7. Dragger

    Dragger New Member

    North Carolina
    Thanks Brother, I have never heard that story........
  8. kccats

    kccats New Member

    Olathe, Kansas
    I experienced my first military this last week.
    I would like to say that having our men in uniform there, the formations, the slow and deliberate way they presented.... and then the taps, which I have never heard in person before was quite overwhelmingly!

    I am so thankful for our armed service people, and for the way they take care of their own, and the honor and respect they showed....

    It means so much more now with the words...

    Thanks for sharing that.
  9. HRCats

    HRCats New Member

    Thanks alot brother! That was the first time i had ever heard this.
  10. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

    Abbeville Louisiana
    Rep for you on this one ACE. Thanks for sharing
  11. bigmike

    bigmike New Member

    I have been to several military funerals and never knew the entire story behind the song. Thanks for the great post, but I had a hard enough time making it through the song before now with its new meaning it will be that much harder.
  12. Wil

    Wil New Member

    Minden Nebraska
    many a time have i played that song at fulerals, my trumpet and i know that melody all to well, but i never really knew what it meant or how it came to be. thanks for sharing that. reps to u brother.
  13. Georgiajack

    Georgiajack New Member

    Just went to another one April 12th at Arlington for a fellow Vietnam vet, who was also my wife's uncle. His remains, and those of his brave crew were found where their helicopter was shot down in Laos 35 years ago, March 20, 1971, and returned to us for burial. Major Barker, and his crew are the subjects of a very good book written by Earl Swift titled "Where They Lay, Seaching for America's lost Soldiers". Get it thru Amazon cheap, and learn what our search and recovery teams have to face in these recovery efforts, and about some real heroes. If you are a true patriot when you hear the Star Spangled Banner, or Taps, it will send chills down you, and in my case, a tear to your eyes. God bless you all, and good fishin'. Jack.
  14. hear_kitty

    hear_kitty New Member

    Vassar Mi
    Can't take taps every since those bastards killed my brother!
  15. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N
    I am sorry brother for your lost.

  16. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N

    I am proud to know you brother.

  17. NCCatter

    NCCatter Member

    North Carolina
    Great post Ace. On the subject of military heroes, we had a guest speaker at church today, some of you may have heard of him-Clebe McLary. He was in Vietnam when a suicide bomber ran fell into his foxhole after McLary shot him dead. The bombs went off and took his left arm, left eye, use of his right hand and did some damage to both legs. He has 3 pieces of grenade near his right eye and may lose sight any day now. Instead of being bitter like so many vets, he has become an evangelist and has changed many lives. I feel he was/is an unsung hero like so many others who have proven that freedom is not free. Our country is worth living for and dying for. That is a great story Ace, thanks for sharing.
  18. Gator

    Gator New Member

    Ludowici GA
    Ace thank you for sharing that. It dose bring a lump to the trough and tears to my eyes everytime I hear it and now I know the words as well.
  19. field989

    field989 New Member

    east central indiana
    thanks for sharing ace...

    i have never heard the story before


  20. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

    This post is a breath catcher! Thanks Ace for sharing,I had never heard this!
    Thank you very much!---------------pk-powell:cool2: