He was in quite a state on the bus journey and as it got nearer his street he couldn’t bear to look at the tree. He was so emotional that he asked the driver to look at for him. He needn’t have worried. The tree was covered with yellow ribbons! The whole community joined his parents in welcoming him back.
There’s a famous American song written about this story: ’Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree’. Here’s just a few lines:
’I’m coming home I’ve done my time
And I have to know what is or isn’t mine.
If you received my letter telling you I’d soon be free
Then you’d know what to do if you still want me.
O tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old oak tree
It’s been three long years - do you still want me?
A simple yellow ribbon’s all I need to set me free
If I ...
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