The Unicorn
The Irish Rovers Lyrics


A long time ago, when the earth was still green
And there were more kinds of animals than you've ever seen
They'd run around free while the earth was being born
But the loveliest of all was the unicorn

There was green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born
The loveliest of all was the unicorn
Now god seen some sinnin' and it gave him pain
And he says, "stand back, I'm going to make it rain"
He says, "hey, brother Noah, I'll tell you what to do
Build me a floating zoo"

And take some of them green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born
Don't you forget my unicorn"

Old Noah was there to answer the call
He finished up making the ark just as the rain started fallin'
He marched in the animals two by two
And he called out as they went through
"Hey, Lord"

I've got your green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but Lord, I'm so forlorn
I just can't see no unicorn"

Then Noah looked out through the driving rain
Them unicorns was hiding, playing silly games
Kicking and splashing while the rain was pouring
Oh, them silly unicorns

There was green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees
Noah cried, "close the doors 'cause the rain is pourin'
And we just can't wait for no unicorns"

The ark started movin', it drifted with the tide
Them unicorns looked up from the rock and they cried
And the waters came down and sort of floated them away
And that's why you'll never see a unicorn, to this very day

You'll see green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born
You're never gonna see no unicorn

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: SHEL SILVERSTEIN

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daddydilfanator

2 years ago, I lost the most amazing grandpa anyone can ask for. I have memories of him picking me up from school and always playing this song. The only reason why he played it was due to the fact I used to belt out the lryics and that made him happy. I love you granpa

S Stritmatter

Reminds me of my grandparents, too. I remember Saturday nights we'd visit them and sometimes the Irish Rovers would be playing on TV - this was 40+ years ago. The good old days

Maria Blair

I just looked this song up to remember my grandpa too. He died almost four years ago. Seeing this comment right under the video was so serendipitous. 💚

Kathleen Chapman

Lucky ,blessed you ! My dad gave all of us a hand made tape of the Unicorn and all his favorite Irish songs . I play this for my kids and sibs.

Eraina Matti

Sorry for your loss.. what great memories you have. So do I belt it out!!! He hears you!💕🙏🙏🙏

Jenny Callaghan

This song always makes me sad.

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Linda Hileman

I used to listen to these guys when I was a kid- and I'm 61. I just found this on Youtube, and I STILL REMEMBERED ALL THE WORDS! LOVE it!

Deb Benjo

Me too! My dad always played the Irish Rovers.

Margaret Landerkin

@Joy Jenner Im 91 and I still remember the lyrics, I love it.

Oswald Pinto

I remember the lyrics too. 1968 was a special time

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