Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree

I’ve been listening to this song over and over again. A lot of old English songs are very good. And I think they are a hundred times better than most of the English songs you hear nowadays on the radio or television.

From googling, I found a supposedly true-story that inspired the writing of this song:

The song was based on an actual incident that occurred aboard a southern bus bound for Miami. One of the passengers explained to the driver that he was just out of prison, having served three years for passing bad checks. In a letter to his wife, he had written that she didn’t have to wait for him; but, if she was still interested, she could let him know by tying a yellow ribbon around the only oak tree in the city square.

As the bus rolled down U.S. 17, nearing the man’s hometown of White Oak, Georgia, the driver was asked to slow down so that all could see whether the ribbon was in place. To the man’s tearful relief, it was. The driver pulled over and phoned the story in to the wire services, which spread it all over the country. Songwriters Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown read it in the newspaper, then put together their million-selling ballad.

Source 

Click here for youtube video of this song.

Lyrics:

"Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree"

(As recorded by Tony Orlando & Dawn)
IRWIN LEVINE
L. RUSSELL BROWN

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.

Woah 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

Woah 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

Now the whole damn bus is cheering
And I can’t believe I see
A hundred yellow ribbons round the ole oak tree

I’m comin home, mmm hmm

Tie a ribbon round the ole oak tree
Tie a ribbon round the ole oak tree
Tie a ribbon round the ole oak tree

Tie a ribbon round the ole oak tree
Tie a ribbon round the ole oak tree
Tie a ribbon round the ole oak tree

(c) Copyright 1972 by Tridem Music. (c) Copyright assigned 1973 Five Arts Music.
(c) Copyright assigned 1973 Levine & Brown Music, Inc.

Finally!!

After 3 Haubergeon synthesis sessions, I finally HQed! I’ve broke tier 1 so it’s a 10% HQ chance. Out of 13 synths, 1 HQ, which is pretty much the same as the 10% rate.

1st session: 0/4
2nd session: 0/4
3rd session: 1/5, HQ on 5th synth

I stayed up because it was new moon, and decided to wait for lightningsday afternoon vanadiel time before I begin the 3rd Haubergeon synthesis session. It’s almost 1am now and I can’t sleep! XD

Play! A video game symphony

:D

Well, in the end I wasn’t very impressed. Some pieces that were played felt weird, and some parts of the music sounded like a different note was played by mistake. Maybe it’s just me.

Here’s the program for that night that I can recall:

  • Play! Fanfare – Specially written for Play! by Nobuo Uematsu
  • Super Mario Brothers
  • Shenmue
  • HALO
  • Castlevania
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Lost Odyssey
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Blue Dragon
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Chrono Trigger / Chrono Cross
  • World of Warcraft
  • Kingdom Hearts
  • Daytona USA
  • Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
  • Final Fantasy 6 – Dancing Mad
  • Final Fantasy 7 – One Winged Angel
  • Encore piece: Shinobi

I didn’t play most of the games so some of the pieces didn’t sound good or I never felt anything.

When they played the Zelda theme, I felt my eyes tear a little. Probably because I’ve played most of the Zelda games on the NES, SNES, GB consoles since I was a little kid.

Metal Gear Solid and FF6 – Dancing Mad are good too. These are the only 3 pieces I enjoyed.

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, the composer for the Daytona USA theme song was present during the performance. He played the song on the piano solo, and was singing at the same time!

At the end, when everyone cheered for encore for the second time, I could see that some of the symphony members were pretty annoyed, haha.

Official Website here

I tried to take a few photos but the usher came to remind me no photography is allowed. I asked what if I didn’t turn on the flash? Still not allowed. :(

The Tarutaru Times Online

This is what my so called "secret project" was.

The Tarutaru Times Online 

Basically, it’s a blog directory. I’m trying to build a FFXI blogging community here.

I couldn’t come up with a good name so I used the name of a place in Vana’diel, Tarutaru Times. Even the picture above was taken there! 

Registered blogs with RSS feeds will have latest entries from their blogs showing up on the main page of the site. There, with one glance, we can all see which blogs have new content to read.

I’ve also allowed blogs with no RSS feeds to be added. It is a "blog directory" anyway.

For bloggers, it’s a one-time setup. After you’ve added your RSS feed, everything is automatic. When you make a new post on your blog, give it about 20~60 minutes (configurable) and when TTTO picks up the new entry, it will be displayed on the main page. However, bloggers will have to get a registration key first from me or any other existing bloggers.

For blog readers, you can register an account and subscribe to your favourite blogs. There’s a "My Subscriptions" page where you will only be shown the latest entries from the blogs you’ve subscribed to.

I welcome any suggestions/comments. You can leave a comment here or email me!

I wonder if anyone has noticed that I don’t have an RSS feed for my own blog. Ironic eh? lol. I’ll work on it soon. ( >_<)