Come all you young rebels and list while I sing
For love of ones land is
a terrible thing
It banishes fear with the speed of a flame
And makes us all part of the patriot game.
is O'Hanlon, I'm just gone sixteen
My home is in Monaghan there I was weaned
I learned all my life cruel England to
And so I'm part of the patriot game.
It's barely a year since I wandered away
With the local battalions
of the bold IRA
I read of our heroes and wanted the same
To play up my part in the patriot game.
They told me
how Connolly was shot in a chair
His wounds from the fighting all bleeding and bare
His fine body twisted all battered
They soon made me part of the patriot game.
This Ireland of mine has for long been half-free
are under John Bull's Monarchy
But still DeValera is greatly to blame
For shirking his part in the patriot game.
don't mind a bit if I shoot down police
They are lackeys for war never guardians of peace
And yet at deserters I'm never
The rebels who sold out the patriot game.
And now as I lie with my body all holes
I think of those traitors
who bargained and sold
I'm sorry my rifle has not done the same
For the Quislings who sold out the patriot game.