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The Patriot Game - Lyrics

Come all you 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 gone sixteen
My home is Monaghan where I was weaned
I've learned all of my life cruel England to blame
And so I am part of the patriot game

It's barely two years since I wandered away
With a local battalion of the bold IRA
I've read of our heroes and I wanted the same
Just to play my own part in the patriot game

This island of ours has for long been half free
Six counties are under John Bull's tyranny
So I gave up my boyhood to drill and to train
And to play my own part in the patriot game

And now as I lie here my body all holes
I think of those traitors who bargained and sold
And I wished that my rifle had given the same
To those Quislings who sold out the patriot game

So come all you 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

Writer(s): BEHAN DOMINIC

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