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The Patriot Game (The Dubliners) MIDIs, tabs, video
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Come all ye young rebels and list while I sing,
For the love of one's country is a terrible thing;
It banishes fear with the speed of a flame,
And it makes us all part of the patriot game.

My name is O'Hanlon, and I've just turned sixteen,
My home is in Monaghan, and where I was weaned;
I learned all my life cruel England's to blame,
So now I am part of the patriot game.

This Ireland of ours has too long been half free,
Six counties lie under John Bull's tyranny;
But still De Valera is greatly to blame,
For shirking his part in the patriot game.

They told me how Connolly was shot in his chair,
His wounds from the fighting all bloody and bare;
His fine body twisted, all battered and lame,
They soon made me part of the patriot game.

It's nearly two years since I wandered away,
With the local battalion of the bold IRA;
For I read of our heroes and wanted the same,
To play out my part in the patriot game.

And now as I lie here, my body all holes,
I think of those traitors who bargained in souls;
And I wish that my rifle had given the same,
To those quislings who sold out the patriot game.

####.... Dominic Behan [1929-1989], Irish songwriter, short story writer, novelist, and playwright ....####
The lyrics above were recorded by Liam Clancy (The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem In Person At Carnegie Hall, 1963).

The video above features a recording by The Dubliners (The Dubliners In Concert, 1965; and Best Of The Dubliners, Vol.1, 2003).


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[C] Come all ye [F] young [C] rebels, [G] and list [C] while I sing,
For the [F] love of [C] one's country [Em] is a ter-[C] rible thing.
It [F] banishes [C] fear with [Em] the speed [C] of a flame,
And it makes us [F] all [Em] part of [G] the pat-[C] riot game.


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