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 Irish Rovers

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
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