The Unicorn Song chords

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 in D Major: easier key for beginners - no barre chords
  • Chords in D Major: D, D7, A7, G, Em7

The Unicorn Song by The Irish Rovers

Capo on 3 if playing with the 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, lay-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-i-corn!"

         |   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

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords on frets & strings
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes / player preference only
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings    R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string     B: Bass Note

Right Handed Charts:

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

Left Handed Charts:

The Irish Rovers
The Unicorn album
  • 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.
  • Official Site: irishroversmusic.com
  • Wikipedia: The Irish Rovers
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