• 'Taps' song is also known as the 'Butterfields Lullaby' or the 'Day is Done'. 

• 'Taps' originally began as a signal to extinguish lights.

at Kibaki's burial
Millitary gun salute at Kibaki's burial
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During the burial of former President mwai Kibaki, the military played a special song to send of their former Commander in Chief. 

Using state-of-the-art music equipment, they played a tune of the 'Taps' song which is also known as the Butterfields Lullaby or the Day is Done

The song is popularly played in Military funerals and is also used in the United States of America. 

'Taps' originally began as a signal to extinguish lights. In 1891, the U.S army Infantry Drill Regulations referenced 'Taps' as a mandatory song in military funeral ceremonies. 

It signals the end of the day and is played alone to honor service members who paid the ultimate price. 

According to history, in July 1862, U.S. General Daniel Butterfield and his brigade were recuperating after the Seven Days Battles near Richmond.

Dissatisfied with the standard bugle call employed by the Army to indicate to troops it was time to go to sleep, and thinking the call should sound more melodious, Butterfield reworked an existing bugle call used to signal the end of the day.

And this is how 'Taps' which was later named Butterfields Lullaby was born.  

Here is the lyrics of the song that is commonly played in state funerals. 

1. Day is done,

Gone the sun,

From the lake,

From the hills,

from the sky;All is well,

Safely rest, God is nigh.

2 Fading light

Dims the sight,

And a star Gems the sky,

Gleaming bright.

From afar,

Drawing night,

Falls the night.

3. 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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