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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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This famous song was actually written by Shel Silverstein, a popular American poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, author of children’s books, and singer-songwriter. He released his own version of the song in 1962 as part of his Inside Folk Songs album.

But it was the Irish Rovers who made the Unicorn Song popular in the Emerald Isle and in the rest of the world. In fact, it is one of the most famous songs by the band with over 8 million copies in worldwide sales and growing.

The Irish Rovers, which were named after the popular traditional Irish song of the same name, is a Canadian Irish folk group.

The original members - Will Millar, George Millar, Jim Ferguson, Joe Millar, and Derek Swinson - were born in the Emerald Isles but immigrated to Canada, thus, the “Canadian Irish folk group” label.

Other members in later years included John Reynolds, Ian Millar Sean O'Driscoll, and Fred Graham, all of whom are also from Ireland.


Where Did It Come From?

When the Irish Rovers Unicorn Song became popular on the Irish airwaves, it quickly became popular in the pubs. Such is its popularity that regular patrons will sing it at the tops of their voices several times in a row!  Many pub patrons will content themselves with humming along to the piped-in music but you can be sure that even their kids at home can sing the lyrics by heart.

You might be surprised that the Unicorn Song has nothing to do with the Emerald Isles or with Irish culture or with Irish icons. Its popularity can be attributed to a number of factors – Irish Rover’s popularity, fierce sense of Irish pride, and catchy tune – but there’s no doubt that it has become a staple in Irish culture today.

The lyrics of the song are as catchy as the music, thanks to Shel Silverstein’s gift for words. The words roll off your mouth like sweet candy while the melody encourages joining in the crowd for a hearty sing-along jam.

Think of the song as like a wave of happiness rolling over and engulfing everything that lies in its path – and to think that the song is about the extinction of the unicorns, at that!

The Story

The Irish Rovers Unicorn Song tells the story of Noah and the Great Flood but with a twist. When Noah started calling in the animals – two by two, as the biblical story goes – he saw that the unicorns were splashing in the rain, playing silly games, and hiding despite being called to the Ark multiple times.

Noah closed the doors because the flood waters were rising, thus, leaving behind the unicorns to drown.


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