Yellow Ribbon

Utah Phillips
Language: English

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Album: Starlight On The Rails: A Songbook
Lyrics and music by Utah Phillips

Let's pay tribute to old Utah passed away last year (May, 23, 2008)… More or less moving our way closer to the end of the century, here is a song Utah wrote during the American slaughter in Iraq known euphemistically as the "Gulf War". One of many great anti-war songs written before and since. A song about following a higher law than the unjust laws of a country with a large oil lobby. When Utah was touring around at the time, he took the train, claiming that his car « doesn't run on blood ».
I've travelled through this country
And I'll tell you what I've seen
A million yellow ribbons
And I wonder what they mean
It's love and hope and sympathy
For those who've gone to fight
But still I know that none of them
Can make the killing right

When we see two children fighting
Don't we try to come between
Get 'em both to talk
Instead of acting rough and mean
We give 'em love and limits
Say now try to get along
Then we tell 'em it's alright to kill
To prove that killing's wrong

Sometimes your yellow ribbon
Tries to make me feel ashamed
Tells me I'm a traitor
That somehow it's me to blame
But I can't hide behind it
Just to prove that I belong
And I won't be an accomplice
To a thing I know is wrong

But I'd wear a yellow ribbon
For the peace that's in my heart
I'd wear it for the loved ones
That should never have to part
I'd wear it for the wasted lives
No matter friend or foe
And I'd wear it for the children
If they never had to go

Yes, I've seen your yellow ribbons
Hanging up all over town
But I don't think they'll ever buy
The peace we've never found
Oh, the guns will all be silent
And the battle flags all furled
When we tie a yellow ribbon
'Round the world
Yes, the guns will all be silent
And the battle flags all furled
When we tie a yellow ribbon
'Round the world

Contributed by giorgio - 2009/10/9 - 08:25

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