It was about a civil war soldier, a stagecoach and yellow handkerchiefs.
Irwin changed the yellow handkerchiefs to ribbons so as not to offend anyone
with the reality of what makes handkerchiefs yellow! Russell Brown and Irwin
Levine updated the story by changing the stagecoach to a bus. 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".
“Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” was
released in February 1973. It was the number one hit by April 1973. The song
became a hit again in 1981 when the 52 Iran Hostages were returned after 444
days of captivity. The song was played throughout the United States because,
by then, the Yellow Ribbon had become a symbol of loyalty
Do you have a loved one deployed overseas? Would you like to send a special dedication to them?
Feel free to post a yellow ribbon, and a special note to them until they return home safely.