Mark Seymour – The Patriot Game

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Live Acoustic 4:12 Mark Seymour Last Ditch Cabaret single. Moderately rare. Not available new.

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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’m just gone sixteen
My home is in Monaghan, it is where I was weaned
Well I learned all my heroes, and I wanted the same
To play out my part in the patriot game.

It’s barely two years since I wandered away
With the local battalion of the bold IRA
And I gave up my boyhood to dream and to train
So I’m a part of the patriot game

This Ireland of ours has for long been half free
Six counties are under John Bull’s tyranny
And I learned all my life cruel England to blame
And so I’m a part of the patriot game

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

And I wish that my rifle had given the same
To those quislings who sold out the patriot game.

 

[The Clancy Brothers. Note: The version transcribed here had many differences to the original]