Irwin Levine & L. Russell Brown
"(Dedicated to the Hostage Families)"

The original song had new lyrics added after the seizure of the American embassy in Teheran on November 4, 1979; the hostages were released in January, 1981.

It feels so good to have you home.
Though you were gone,
you never were alone.
Our country pulled together
like one big family,
with a simple song of freedom
about a ribbon and a tree,
a song for liberty.

Tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree,
What a wondrous sight for our eyes to see!
While one of us is hostage,
none of us are free,
'cause it's one for all and all for one
for all the world to see
a simple yellow ribbon round the ole, ole oak tree.

Twice Christmas came and passed on by,
dashing hopes and dreams through tear-filled eyes,
But our faith remained unshaken
in the good Lord up above,
so we welcome you back home
We can't thank you enough.
We thank you, Lord above.

Now Old Glory keep on wavin'
and we're so proud to see
two hundred million yellow ribbons round the ole oak tree.