The Unicorn Song chords & lyrics

by The Irish Rovers

  • The Unicorn Song was written by composer, Shel Silverstein in 1962.
  • The Irish Rovers released the song in 1968 from their album The Unicorn.
  • Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at 120 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: F, F7, C7, Bb, Gm7
  • Easier - Capo on the 3rd fret - play in the key of D Major
  • Chords with capo: D, D7, A7, G, Em7

The Unicorn Song by The Irish Rovers

Capo on 3rd fret if playing with video

        (triplet)
Intro: 4/4 ♪♪♪
       |       |   D   | 2/4  A7  | 4/4   D    | 
   
      D                        A7
1. A long time a-go, when the Earth was green,
                                           D
   There was more kinds of a-ni-mals than you've e-ver seen.
                       D7             G
   They'd run a-round free when the Earth was be-ing born,
            D                              A7    D  
   But the love-li-est of them all was the u-ni-corn.

                    D                      A7
Chorus: There was green al-li-ga-tors and long-necked geese,
                                               D
        Some hump-ty backed ca-mels and some chimp-an-zees.
                               D7                G
        Some cats and rats and e-le-phants, but sure as you're born,
             D                         A7    D  
        The love-li-est of all was the u-ni-corn.

        |   D   | 2/4  A7  | 4/4   D    | 

        D                             A7
2. Now God seen some sin-nin' and it gave Him pain.
                                           D
   And He said, "Stand back, I'm going to make it rain!"
              D            D7         G
   He says, "Hey, Brother Noah, I'll tell you what to do,
     D          A7       D  
   Build me a float-ing zoo, and take some of them"...

           D                      A7
Chorus: "Green al-li-ga-tors and long-necked geese,
                                                D
         Some hump-ty backed ca-mels and some chimp-an-zees.
               D                D7                G
         Some cats and rats and e-le-phants, but sure as you're born.
          D                   A7    D  
         Don't you for-get My u-ni-corn."

         |   D   | 2/4  A7  | 4/4   D    | 

        D                A7
3. Old Noah was there to ans-wer the call,
                                                D
   He fi-nished up ma-kin' the ark just as the rain start-ed fal-lin'.
         D           D7         G
   He marched in the a-ni-mals two by two,
            D            A7          D  
   And he called out as they went through, "Hey Lord,"

                      D                      A7
Chorus: "I got Your green al-li-ga-tors and long-necked geese,
                                                D
         Some hump-ty backed ca-mels and some chimp-an-zees.
               D                D7                G
         Some cats and rats and e-le-phants, but Lord, I'm so for-lorn,
             D               A7    D  
         I just can't see no u-ni-corn!"

         |   D   | 2/4  A7  | 4/4   D    | 

         D                           A7
4. Then Noah looked out through the driv-ing rain,
                                  D
   Them un-ico-rns were hid-ing, play-ing sil-ly games.
    D             D7                  G
   Kick-in' and splash-in' while the rain was pour-in',
   D                A7       D  
   Oh, them sil-ly___ u-ni-corns!

                    D                      A7
Chorus: There was green al-li-ga-tors and long-necked geese,
                                               D
        Some hump-ty backed ca-mels and some chimp-an-zees.
               D                D7              G
        Noah cried, "Close the door 'cause the rain is pour-in',
            D                      A7      D  
        And we just can't wait for no un-icorn!"

         |   D   | 2/4  A7  | 4/4   D    | 

        D                        A7
5. The ark start-ed mov-in', it drift-ed with the tide,
                                        D
   Them u-ni-corns looked up from the rocks and they cried.
           D             D7                G
   And the wa-ters come down and sort of float-ed them a-way,   
                                                           |   /A  /B  /C#  |
   And that's why you ne-ver seen a u-ni-corn to this ve-ry day.

                     D                      A7
Chorus: You'll see green al-li-ga-tors and long-necked geese,
                                               D
        Some hump-ty backed ca-mels and some chimp-an-zees.
              D                D7                G
        Some cats and rats and e-le-phants, but sure as you're born,
               D                  | A7      | D  Em7  D  Em7  |  D   | 
        You're ne-ver gon-na see no u - ni - corn!

D Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs        

            D                D7                A7                G                 Em7
    e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|-3-|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---| 
    G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|
    A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3


Bass Run - Right & Left Handers
Black numbers: Frets                        /A  /B  /C#
0: play string open                     e |-------------|
                                        B |-------------|
                                        G |-------------|
                                        D |-------------|
                                        A |--0---2---4--|
                                        E |-------------|
                                             

Left-Handed Chord Tabs
          D                D7                A7                 G                Em7
    |---|-2-|---| e   |---|-3-|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e 
    |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B
    |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D
   x|---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
The Irish Rovers
  • The Irish Rovers are a Canadian Irish folk group which was formed in 1963 in Toronto, Canada when two of the founding members, George Millar and Jimmy Ferguson met at an Irish function. The original members were all born in Ireland and emigrated to Canada. The band have released a vast array of singles and albums during their time together, and continue to record and perform at special events.
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