The Patriot Game chords
by The Wolfe Tones
- The Patriot Game is an Irish Rebel Song written by Dominic Behan. He set the lyrics to the tune of an earlier folk song titled, The Merry Month of May.
- This version by The Wolfe Tones is featured on their albums, Celtic Symphony and The Anthology of Irish Song.
- Music: Key of B♭ Major in 4/4 time at 160 bpm (♩)
- Chords: B♭, E♭, F, F7, Gm
- Easier: Capo on the 1st fret and play in A major
- Chords in A Major: A, D, E, E7, F#m
The Patriot Game by The Wolfe Tones
Capo: 1st fret if playing with video
Intro: 3/4 | A | D | A | E | A | D | A | A | D A E A | D | A | 1. Come all you young re-bels And list while I sing E A D A F#m | E7 | D | For the love of one's coun-try Is a ter-ri-ble thing E A D A F#m | E7 | D | It ban-ish-es fear with The speed of a flame A D A E | A | D | A | And it makes us all part of The pa-tri-ot game A D A E A | D | A | 2. My name is O'-Han-lon And I've just gone six-teen E A D A F#m | E7 | D | My home is in Mon-a-ghan Where I was weaned E A D A F#m | E7 | D | I’ve learned all my life Cruel En-gland to blame A D A E | A | D | A | And so I'm a part of The pa-tri-ot game A D A E A | D | A | 3. 'Tis bare-ly two years since I wan-dered a-way E A D A F#m | E7 | D | With the lo-cal bat-ta-lion Of the bold I-R-A. E A D A F#m | E7 | D | I read of our her-oes And wan-ted the same A D A E A To play up my part in The pa-tri-ot game | A | D | A | E | A | D | A | (game) A D A E A | D | A | 4. This is-land of ours has For long been half free E A D A F#m | E7 | D | Six count-ies are un-der John Bull's tyr-an-ny E A D A F#m | E7 | D | So I gave up my boy-hood To drill and to train A D A E | A | D | A | And to play my own part in The pa-tri-ot game A D A E A | D | A | 5. And now as I lie here My bo-dy all holes E A D A F#m | E7 | D | I think of those trai-tors Who bar-gained and sold E A D A F#m | E7 | D | And I wish that my rif-le Had giv-en the same A D A E | A | D | A | With those quis-lings who sold out The pa-tri-ot game A D A E A | D | A | 6. So come all you young re-bels And list while I sing E A D A F#m | E7 | D | For the love of one's coun-try Is a ter-ri-ble thing E A D A F#m | E7 | D | It ban-ish-es fear with The speed of a flame A D A E | A | D | A | E | A | And it makes us all part of The pa-tri-ot game...
🗝️ A Major
Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
Right Handed Charts:
Left Handed Charts:
- Level Of Ease: Easy with a capo
- Song Key: B♭ major - 2 flats (B♭, E♭)
- Song Key with capo: A Major - 3 sharps ( F#, C#, G#)
- 3/4 time: This means there are 3 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar, therefore the count is |1 2 3|, or |1& 2& 3&| etc.
- Tempo: 53 bpm () This sets the metronome or click track to sound on the first beat of each bar,
or 160 bpm () to sound the metronome on every beat of each bar.
- The Wolfe Tones use a capo on the 1st fret, and play in the key of A major which audibly, is still the Key of B♭ Major. A major + 1 semitones (capo on 1st fret)= B♭major.
- A capo was most likely used because the chords are easier to play and cleaner sounding especially for finger-pickers.
- Transposition if you want to play in the original key of B♭Major:
|Capo: Fret 1 (A Major)||A||D||F#m||E||E7|
|Original Key (B♭ Major)||B♭||E♭||Gm||F||F7|
- If you are not playing along with the video, you don't have to use a capo. You can play in any key you want. You just need to make the correct transposition with each chord if you do choose another key.
- With each chord you transpose, you must apply exactly the same changes to each chord, i.e., if you decide to tranpsose from the key of A Major to the key of C Major (an increase of 3 semitones), you need to increase each chord by 3 semitones, therefore A-D-F#m-E-E7 becomes C-F-Am-G-G7.
Born: 22nd October 1928, in Dublin, Ireland
Died: 3rd August 1989 (aged 60), in Glasgow, Scotland
Active Years: 1959 – 1989
Genre: Songwriter, short story writer, novelist, playwright
Subjects: Irish Republican struggle, Irish culture