Track Title:               Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree

Album Title:               Complete Reprise Recordings, disc 16
Prime Artist:              Frank Sinatra
Arranger:                  Don Costa
Originally made famous by: Tony Orlando & Dawn

Written by:                Irwin Levine
Written by:                Lawrence Russell Brown
Lyrics:
I'm coming home I've done my time,
Now I've got to know what is and isn't mine,
If you receive 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.
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 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,
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 ribbon `round the ole oak tree.
Now the whole damn bus is cheering and I can't believe I see
A hundred yellow ribbons `round the ole oak tree.

(Now for the Ninoy Aquino version.  For his last return to the Philippines after years of exile, his
followers tied yellow ribbons around all street poles and fences along the route he was to pass
through.  He never saw them, he was assassinated in the airport.  I was his friend and colleague, we
ran together for election to the Senate, and I wrote this song in his memory.  During the Edsa
Revolution, yellow arm bands, yellow ribbons pinned to shirts and blouses, and showers of yellow
confetti, greeted his widow Cory Aquino as she challenged the dictator for the presidency.  This song
was part of that era.}

The Song of Ninoy, with lyrics by Larry Henares, sung to the tune of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon on the Ole
Oak Tree")

I'm coming home at last to share our people's misery and dark despair.
But I know that someone's waiting with a bullet meant for me.
Oh, let this bloody murder be a force to set you free,
For our country's liberty!
Oh wear a yellow ribbon, walking proud and free,
And remember me, please remember me.
Wear a yellow ribbon for the world to see
Whatever the cost, we'll render the most to set our country free,
And wear a yellow ribbon, fighting for our liberty!
In death's embrace, I feel alone, awaiting in the cold for freedom's dawn.
Please drop a yellow ribbon from your window down to me,
To give my poor sad soul the wings to fly and set me free....
If you still want me!
Oh let your yellow ribbons flutter wild and free,
Carrying part of me, if you still want me!
Spreading sparks of freedom for the world to see
Fling them up high, beclouding the sky. from the mountains to the sea!
Oh let those yellow ribbons plant the seeds of liberty!
Now everyone is cheering on the streets of Makati,
To see a million ribbons, from Jolo to Aparri!
And all the world is cheering, and I can't believe I see
A million yellow ribbons for our country's liberty!!
Chorus:  Wear a ribbon for our liberty!  Wear a ribbon for our liberty!
I'm coming home..... I am no longer alone ....
Cory, children.... Mama, my countrymen ....
I'm home..... At last I'm home!


Contributed by Larry Henares of the Philippines
{larryh@mydestiny.net}
http://www.thepeaches.com/music/