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SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (Traditional - 17th Century English - Updated by George A. Norton in 1917 - Re-written by Leroy Parker & M. Ottner in 1949) Byron G. Harlan - 1917 Mary Lee (feat. in the film "Cowboy & The Senorita") - 1944 Andrews Sisters with Russ Morgan & His Orch. - 1949 Eddie "Piano" Miller Orch. (vocal: Phil Ellis Choristers) - 1949 Ralph Flanagan & His Orch. (vocal: Harry Prime) - 1949 Tommy Tucker & His Orch. - 1949 Jerry Wayne - 1949 The Tanner Sisters - 1949 Mitch Miller & The Gang - 1958 Johnny Heart, His Orch. & Chorus - 1962 Bing Crosby - 1963 The Cliff Adams Singers - 1963 As recorded by BYRON G. HARLAN: Susie Simpkins in the village papers Read about these soldiers manly capers And made up her mind That a soldier's bonnie bride she'd be Volunteers were called a little later Big Si Hubbard stopped a-hoeing 'taters Fell right into line And mustered with a company She cried and kissed him when he marched away And she vowed to keep him in her mind each day 'Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon She wears it in the Winter and the Summer so they say If you ask her, "Why the decoration?" She'll say, "It's fur my lover who is fur, fur away" Fur away (fur away) fur away (fur away) If she is milkin' cows or mowin' hay 'Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon She wears it fur her lover who is fur, fur away 'Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon She wears it in the winter and the summer so they say If you ask her, "Why the decoration?" She'll say, "It's fur my lover who is fur, fur away" Fur away (fur away) fur away (fur away) If she is milkin' cows or mowin' hay 'Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon She wears it fur her lover who is fur, fur away Months rolled by and patiently she waited Read the war news, greatly agitated No word from her boy Till a letter from his Captain said "Your beau, Silas, he went out a-gunnin' Soon he had the enemy a-runnin'" Susie wept for joy Though further on the letter read "The enemy can run some, you can bet But they couldn't capture Si, he's runnin' yet" (Runnin' yet) 'Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon She wears it in the Winter and the Summer so they say If you ask her, "Why the decoration?" She'll say, "It's fur my lover who is fur, fur away" Fur away (fur away) fur away (fur away) If she is milkin' cows or mowin' hay 'Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon She wears it fur her lover who is fur, fur away (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - April 2017) ******************** As recorded by THE ANDREWS SISTERS with Russ Morgan & His Orch: Round her neck she wore a yellow ribbon She wore it in the winter and the merry month of May When I asked her, "Why the yellow ribbon?" She said, "It’s for my lover who is far, far away" Far away, far away, far away, far away She said, "It’s for my lover who is far, far away" Far away, far away, far away, far away She said, "It’s for my lover who is far, far away" When, at first, she met a winsome Johnny He wasn’t sure her heart was pure, her eyes were far too bold So, round her neck he tied a yellow ribbon He tied a yellow ribbon ‘cause it matched her hair of gold Hair of gold, hair of gold He tied a yellow ribbon ‘cause it matched her hair of gold Hair of gold, hair of gold He tied a yellow ribbon, for her eyes were far too bold If, perchance, you spy a lovely maiden And by her side, there walks with pride a Johnny strong and gay And round her neck there is a yellow ribbon No matter how you love her, please stay far, far away (Far away, far away, far away, far away) No matter how you love her, please stay far, far away (Far away, far away, far away, far away) Her love is for another, so stay far, far away (Far far away) Round her neck she wore a yellow ribbon She wore it in the winter and the merry month of May When I asked her, "Why the yellow ribbon?" She said, "It’s for my lover who is far, far away" Far away, far away She said, It’s for my lover who is far, far away Far away, far away She said, It’s for my lover who is far, far away (Far, far away) For her lover who is far, far away ******************** As heard over the opening credits of the 1949 John Ford/John Wayne film "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon": Round her neck she wore a yellow ribbon She wore it in the winter and the merry month of May When I asked her, "Why the yellow ribbon?" She said, "It’s for my lover who is in the Cavalry" Cavalry (Cavalry), Cavalry (Cavalry) She said, "It’s for my lover who is in the Cavalry" Cavalry (Cavalry), Cavalry (Cavalry) She said, "It’s for my lover in the U.S. Cavalry" ******************** As recorded by MITCH MILLER & THE GANG: Around her neck she wore a yellow ribbon She wore it in the Springtime and in the month of May, Hey! Hey! And if you ask her why the heck she wore it She wore it for her lover who was far, far away Far away, far away, far away, far away Oh, she wore it for her lover who was far, far away Far away, far away, far away, far away Oh, she wore it for her lover who was far, far away Around her knee she wore a purple garter She wore it in the Springtime and in the month of May, Hey! Hey! And if you ask her why the heck she wore it She wore it for her lover who was far, far away Far away, far away, far away, far away Oh, she wore it for her lover who was far, far away Far away, far away, far away, far away Oh, she wore it for her lover who was far, far away Behind the door her father kept a shotgun He kept it in the Springtime and in the month of May, Hey! Hey! And if you ask him why the heck he kept it He kept it for her lover who was far, far away Far away, far away, far away, far away Oh, he kept it for her lover who was far, far away Far away, far away, far away, far away Oh, he kept it for her lover who was far, far away And on the wall she keeps a marriage licence She keeps it in the Springtime and in the month of May, Hey! Hey! And if you ask her why the heck she keeps it She keeps it for her lover who was far, far away Far away, far away, far away, far away Oh, she keeps it for her lover who was far, far away Far away, far away, far away, far away Oh, she keeps it for her lover who was far, far away (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - April 2017)

    


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