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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 tellin' you I'd soon be free
Then you'll know just what to do if you still want me
If you still want me

CHORUS:

Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree
It's been three long years
Do you still want me?
If I don't see a ribbon round the old 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 old 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 this:

REPEAT CHORUS

Now the whole damn bus is cheering
And I can't believe I see
A hundred yellow ribbons 'round the old oak tree
I'm comin' home



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  • u
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    UnregisteredMay 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    Aku kembali, aku telah menyelesaikan masaku
    sekarang aku akan mengetahui mana yang milikku dan mana yang bukan
    jika kamu menerima suratku yang mengabarkan bahwa aku akan bebas secepatnya
    maka kamu akan tahu apa yang harus kamu lakukan jika kamu masih menginginkanku
    jika kamu masih menginginkanku

    Ikatkan sebuah pita kuning pada pohon ek tua
    sudah tiga tahun lamanya
    apakah kamu masih menginginkanku? Jika aku tidak melihat sebuah pita kuning di pohon ek tua
    aku akan tinggal di bus
    melupakan tentang kita
    menyalahkan diriku
    jika aku tidak melihat sebuah pita kuning di pohon ek tua

    Sopir bus, tolong lihatkan untukku
    karena aku tidak sanggup melihat apa yang mungkin akan kulihat
    aku benar-benar masih di penjara, dan cintaku dia yang membawa kuncinya
    sebuah pita kuninglah yang aku butuhkan untuk membebaskanku
    aku menulis dan mengatakan ini padanya:

    Ikatkan sebuah pita kuning pada pohon ek tua
    sudah tiga tahun lamanya
    apakah kamu masih menginginkanku? Jika aku tidak melihat sebuah pita kuning di pohon ek tua
    aku akan tinggal di bus
    melupakan tentang kita
    menyalahkan diriku
    jika aku tidak melihat sebuah pita kuning di pohon ek tua

    Sekarang semua orang di bus bersorak
    dan aku tidak percaya aku melihat
    seratus pita kuning di pohon ek tua
    aku kembali
  • u
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    UnregisteredJan 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Actually a man was freed from jail after killing someone and during his captive life his wife did't contact him once. But he did't lose hope and sent letters to his wife throughout his captivity. At last for confirmation he sent his wife a letter comprising the fact that he''ll be visiting his village and will come to his house if his wife ties up a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree. So he started his journey by asking a lift from a bus and he told his entire story to the driver. After reaching at his destination he saw the entire area's trees are tied with a yellow ribbon implying the villagers too greeted him gladly. That bus driver told this story to one of his friends who was also a singer. He composed this song which became famous.
  • j
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    Jhesca CabintoyJul 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    I love this song,this was my uncle's favorite,I miss him so much....
    He past away this June 2,2013
    We love you uncle ROEL CABINTOY
  • u
    +1
    UnregisteredJun 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    This song is about a guy who just came out of 3 long years in prison and was looking for his former sweetheart. By doing so, he asked his sweetheart to tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree if she acknowledges his love. He was willing to tae the blame if she doen't love him anymore and would walk away from her. When he saw the tree, it was covered with one one... But hundreds of yellow ribbons!!
  • u
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    UnregisteredFeb 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    It could be either prison or military. Because a solider also "does his time" . Recall that this song came out in 1973 which is when solders were returning from vietnam officially. However, all music is meant to touch the heart and soul of the hearer and that will be done based on the experience of the one who hears. For me today it has a different meaning then it did was i was 9 when it came out. Today, as i wait for my luv to return from his duty, i understand that he may have trepidations about his return and what "is and isn't" his. Every month another ribbon will be added to my old oak tree until he returns.

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