The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not knew it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and underwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.
She did not look anything like a horned horse, as unicorns are often pictured, being smaller and cloven-hoofed, and posessing that oldest, wildest grace that horses have never had, that deer have only in a shy, thin imitation and goats in dancing mockery. Her neck was long and slender, making her head seem smaller than it was, and the mane that fell almost to the middle of her back was as soft as dandelion fluff and as fine as cirrus. She had pointed ears and thin legs, with feathers of white hair at the ankles; and the long horn above her eyes shone and shivered with its own seashell light even in the deepest midnight. She had killed dragons with it, and healed a king whose poisoned wound would not close, and knocked down ripe chestnuts for bear cubs.
That is how the book "The Last Unicorn" by Peter S. Beagle begins, probably the only book that has real magic about it. In 1982 Rankin and Bass made an animated feature based on this book, and they got Beagle to write the movie script - so that, unlike so many movies, The Last Unicorn stays true to the book. Probably the only thing added were the songs, and they fit perfectly.
I have the entire soundtrack online
Please, remember to use these files for preview purposes only and please, purchase the actual soundtrack if you decide that you like it! It's listed as "Das Letzte Einhorn" on the Amazon link on the right, but the songs are all original, in English. The actual CD's quality is better than what I have online!
These are the lyrics to the songs, typed by me in 1996 with help of other
people around the Internet, mostly Marc Hairston.
All lyrics were written by Jimmy Webb.
And here is the full script of the animated feature as typed by Daniel Orner