Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" is a song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. It was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown. It was a worldwide hit for the group in 1973.


Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree (WORD)
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree (PDF)

CHALLENGE SONG - not difficult chords but lots of them! A good way to learn lots of chords with a well-known old song. You can play along with the video if you tune your uke to FBbDG.

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" reached number one on both the US and UK charts for four weeks in April 1973. It was the top-selling single in 1973 in both the US and UK.  In 2008, Billboard ranked the song as the 37th biggest song of all time in its issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100. The origin of the idea of a yellow ribbon as remembrance may have been the 19th-century practice that some women allegedly had of wearing a yellow ribbon in their hair to signify their devotion to a husband or sweetheart serving in the U.S. Cavalry. The song "'Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon", which later inspired the John Wayne movie She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, is a reference to this. The symbol of a yellow ribbon became widely known in civilian life in the 1970s as a reminder that an absent loved one, either in the military or in jail, would be welcomed home on their return.

****REVISED April 28, 2019 - SR****

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