"The Patriot Game
" is an Irish ballad with lyrics by Dominic Behan and a melody from the traditional tune "The Merry Month of May
". (recorded by Jo Stafford and Burl Ives as "The Nightingale"). The song concerns an incident during the Border Campaign launched by the Irish Republican Army during the 1950s. Like Behan, Bob Dylan used the melody of "The Merry Month of May" for his own song "With God on Our Side
". Behan criticized Dylan publicly by claiming the melody as an original composition. He was annoyed because the first two verses of Dylan's song were a parody of his own song.