Sheet Music: The Patriot Game

TitleThe Patriot Game
Alternate titlesThe Merry Month of May
The Nightingale
With God on Our Side
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
Time signature3/4
Tempo56 BPM
Performance time1:10
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-03-31
Last updated2017-03-31
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.1 (relatively unpopular)
Ballads, Traditional/Folk


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Friday 31 March 2017

Tune of the Day: The Patriot Game

Traditional English/Irish air

The lyrics of the ballad “The Patriot Game” were written in 1960 by the Irish singer-songwriter Dominic Behan. Its melody, however, is a much older traditional tune, previously known as “The Merry Month of May” or “The Nightingale”, probably of English origin.

As “The Patriot Game”, the song has been recorded by numerous artists, including the Kingston Trio, The Bluebells, The Dubliners, The Wolfe Tones, and The Clancy Brothers.

The same melody was also borrowed by Bob Dylan for his 1964 song “With God on Our Side”.