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    ribbons on the door

    Hi!

    In this lyrics, does “ribbons on the door” represent “the death of a loved one” ? WikiAnswers - What does ribbons on the door mean

    If it is, then why? Is there a culture background behind this phrase? Could you have a look for me? Thank you!

    (This song is sung by John Mayor, the name is "Waiting on the Word to Change, the part I post is the third one in the whole lyrics, you can see the full lyrics here, John Mayer - Waiting On The World To Change lyrics)

    Now if we had the power
    To bring our neighbors home from war
    They would have never missed a Christmas
    No more ribbons on the door

    When you trust your television
    What you get is what you got 'cause when they own the information oh,
    They can bend it all they want!

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    Re: ribbons on the door

    Thank you for putting the entire verse in. That helps a lot.

    I've never heard the expression, but it looks like you're right, it's a way of honoring the dead.

    In the US, it's more common for people put plastic magnets that look like ribbons on the backs of their cars:



    A strange native custom.

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    Re: ribbons on the door

    Ever since "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" was a hit, it has become something of a tradition to put up a yellow ribbon of some sort (whether you tie a bow around a tree or made a ribbon wreath for your front door, whatever) when you have a family member serving overseas in the military. Likewise, if you have a family member or loved one who is being held hostage somewhere, you might post a yellow ribbon somewhere until they return safely home.


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    Re: ribbons on the door

    Charlie Bernstein;456640]Thank you for putting the entire verse in. That helps a lot.


    Hi! Charlie and Ouisch,



    Thanks for your helpful information, it is pretty detailed, thank you! I get it now!

    By the way, I was wondering if you could have a further look for at the follow sentence in the lyrics - "What you get it what you got". I do not understand the meaning of this sentence. Why doesn't John just sing "What you get is what you get", or "What you got is what you got". I can not figure out this one, could you have a look at it and make this sentence clear when you have some free time? Many thanks!


    Now if we had the power
    To bring our neighbors home from war
    They would have never missed a Christmas
    No more ribbons on the door
    When you trust your television
    What you get is what you got 'cause when they own the information oh,
    They can bend it all they want!

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    Re: ribbons on the door

    "What you get is what you got" means you do not receive anything additional. It is a variation on an older phrase "What you see is what you get." So here, it's like the Irish phrase "I'm as wise as I was before," which means an explanation didn't help, a bit of information was not useful or comprehensible. In sum, it means TV is not to be trusted.


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    Re: ribbons on the door

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    "What you get is what you got" means you do not receive anything additional. It is a variation on an older phrase "What you see is what you get." So here, it's like the Irish phrase "I'm as wise as I was before," which means an explanation didn't help, a bit of information was not useful or comprehensible. In sum, it means TV is not to be trusted.
    Hi! konungursvia,

    Thanks for your help. Well, you had a good one, I get it now!

    Thank you!

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    Re: ribbons on the door

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Ever since "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" was a hit, it has become something of a tradition to put up a yellow ribbon of some sort (whether you tie a bow around a tree or made a ribbon wreath for your front door, whatever) when you have a family member serving overseas in the military. Likewise, if you have a family member or loved one who is being held hostage somewhere, you might post a yellow ribbon somewhere until they return safely home.
    The funny thing is, the song wasn't about getting out of the military. It was about getting out of prison.

    That Tony Orlando was a ba-a-a-d boy!

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