A/N: I don't own the rights to the Patriot or any of Billy Joel's music. This is
for entertainment purposes only and I gain no profit by it. The chronology from the
movie is somewhat skewed in this filk, but it goes with my story, "Innocence Lost",
which I have posted on the Tavington fanfic site.

Only the good die young

Come out Miss Howard, don't let me wait
You Patriot girls start much too late
But sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one

They gave me a saber and told me to kill
They gave me a horse to ride in the hills
But they never told me the price that I pay
For things that I might have done
Only the good die young

You might have heard I run with a dangerous crowd
We're not too friendly and we're always around
We might be raiding your little town
But that's not the only one

Come on Miss Howard show me a sign
Betray your husband, I'll take you for mine
That Patriot Martin you're hiding behind
Never did what I have done
Darling, only the good die young

You got a nice new name and a party when you married Martin
You got an old necklace
And a new green dress
But Miss Howard they didn't give you quite enough information
You didn't count on me
To kill your husband quite so thoroughly

They say there's a new country for those who will fight
Some say it's better but that isn't right
I'd rather live with the British, than die with the Rebs
The British are much more fun
And only the good die young

You say your mother told you all that I could give you was a reputation
She never cared for me
But did she ever say a prayer for me?