Tie a yellow ribbon


NEW YORK (AP) – “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” was not originally meant as a political statement, but Tony Orlando is running with it. This Memorial Day, he is releasing a book called “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” and donating proceeds to U.S. Vets, a group that finds homes for veterans.

“It was truly a love song,” he said of the 1970s classic by Tony Orlando and Dawn, speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

He said he first realized the song was becoming a statement about the military when Bob Hope told him at a concert to welcome home prisoners of war. Hope told him: “‘Oh, I heard your record on the radio, and that opening line, “I’m coming home, I’ve done my time,” Tony, is every mother’s wish, and … every soldier’s dream come true.'”

Orlando continued: “And he said, ‘You know, you’re going to be singing this song to welcome home troops for the rest of your career.’ “

“I had no idea that it would have a significance to the American people or become part of the tapestry of American folklore.”

His book, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon: While We Are Apart,” celebrates what the yellow ribbon has come to signify, according to Amazon.com.

On the Net:

U.S. Vets: http://www.usvetsinc.org