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Post Posted: Oct 3, 2004 9:20 pm 
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Lately while driving up and down the 285 corridor I have seen many vehicles with yellow ribbon stickers or magnets on the back end of their car. It says something on the ribbon, but I haven't gotten close enough to see what is says. I have seen a lot of them lately and generally only up and down the 285 corridor. Do any of you know what the ribbons are paying a tribute to?

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Groovin they are for support of our troops overseas


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From the song that goes...

Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old Oak tree... ?

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Groov ... It's meant as a gesture of acceptance for one temporarilly departed for reasons of circumstance or duty. Tony Orlando and Dawn's lyrics pretty much explain it ...

Tie A Yellow Ribbon ('Round The Ole Oak Tree)
Tony Orlando & Dawn

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Midi to sing by...

I'm comin' home, I've done my time
Now I've got to know what is and isn't mine
If you received my letter telling you I'd soon be free
Then you'll know just what to do
If you still want me
If you still want me

Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
It's been three long years
Do ya still want me
If I don't see a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
I'll stay on the bus
Forget about us
Put the blame on me
If I don't see a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree

Bus driver, please look for me
'Cause I couldn't bear to see what I might see
I'm really still in prison
And my love, she holds the key
A simple yellow ribbon's what I need to set me free
I wrote and told her please

Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
It's been three long years
Do ya still want me
If I don't see a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
I'll stay on the bus
Forget about us
Put the blame on me
If I don't see a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree

[Midi interlude]

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whoa... this song has been around for decades and you choose a Tony Orlando and Dawn version???? :tomato: Are you feeling okay Henry???:animated laughing:

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Nate wrote:
whoa... this song has been around for decades and you choose a Tony Orlando and Dawn version???? :tomato: Are you feeling okay Henry???:animated laughing:


It goes with the times, Buddy Nate. In my younger days I liked the feelings the lyrics conveyed. In the sense that the song describes, yellow ribbons were the roots of survival for many a young man or women returning from Viet-Nam to an ungrateful nation, loved only by their families and friends.

Being one of them, I guess I got carried away. :No way:

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Nate wrote:
whoa... this song has been around for decades and you choose a Tony Orlando and Dawn version????


Tony Orlando and Dawn were the ones who sang it for the first time and made it popular during the Viet Nam war. Way before your time, Nate.. in the 70s.

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I love this song. Henry, thanks for digging it out.


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Every time I see a yellow ribbon I think of that song! Thanks for posting.


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hmm I thought i have heard versions from the fourtys fir WW2 soldiers.. guess I was wrong..

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There was an article in Reader's Digest about it when the Tony Orlando song came out... I don't remember much of it except it was a story that got passed around.. and some songwriter made it into the song.

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http://www.americanfamilytraditions.com ... ribbon.htm

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Did you ever wonder where the Yellow Ribbon Tradition came from? Most Music Historians trace the Custom to a 19th Century Civil War Song. Reportedly the Custom comes from a Civil War story about a prisoner's homecoming returning from Andersonville Prison. In 1973 Tony Orlando and Dawn cut their number one song of that year and their all-time classic: ?Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.?

Folklore has it that the inspiration for the 1973 song came from a true incident that occurred on a bus bound for Miami, Florida. It seems that one of the passengers had just been released from prison and he was bound for home. He had written his wife and let her know he still loved her and wanted to be with her. He asked her to tie a yellow ribbon around the lone oak tree in the Town Square of White Oak, Georgia, if she still had feelings for him and wanted him to be with her. Everyone in the bus asked the Driver to slow down as they approached, there it was!

The Driver pulled over and phoned the wire services to share the story. It quickly spread throughout the country. Songwriters Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown wrote the ballad from the news story.

And now, "the rest of the story"! L. Russell Brown had the inspiration for writing the song. One late Spring morning he drove 33 miles to Irwin Levine's house and told him the story of the oak tree. It had nothing to do with any convict or news story. It was about a civil war soldier, a stagecoach and yellow (as Mr. Levine would say: "Use your imagination!") handkerchiefs. Irwin changed the yellow handkerchiefs to ribbons so as not to offend anyone with the reality of what makes handkerchiefs yellow! L. Russell Brown and and Irwin Levine updated the story by changing the stagecoach to a bus. L. Russell Brown picked up a guitar and wrote the first eight or so lines of music and lyrics himself. Irwin picked up the ball and wrote the ending: "100 ribbons round the ole oak tree". There was discussion about use of the word damn and then the ole song was written.

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