26/Jun/2007 – Puff, If You Want To   6 comments

Puff, If You Want To

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by glindsay65

Puff, If You Want To

We met someone in the ministry on Saturday whose name was Onalee. It reminded us of the Peter, Paul and Mary song, Puff, the Magic Dragon. Remember? He was from the land of Honalei (or Honah Lee.) At the time, I had mentioned that the song was about drug use. Since then, however, I have changed my mind.

The writers of the song (and the poem the song was based on) have continuously and strenuously denied that the song has any meaning beyond the obvious: The sad loss of childhood innocence. I am inclined to believe them.

“I find the fact that people interpret it as a drug song annoying. It would be insidious to propagandize about drugs in a song for little kids.”
Leonard Lipton (co-writer)

“It’s easier to interpret “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a drug song than “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” What kind of a meanspirited SOB would write a children’s song with a covert drug message?”
Peter Yarrow (co-writer)

Yea! An innocent childhood treasure saved from the fire. So, sing it with me folks.

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.

Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff,
and brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff. Oh

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.

Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail
Jackie kept a lookout perched on Puff’s gigantic tail,
Noble kings and princes would bow whene’er they came,
Pirate ships would lower their flag when Puff roared out his name. Oh

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.

A dragon lives forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys.
One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.

His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain,
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane.
Without his life-long friend, Puff could not be brave,
So Puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave. Oh

(softly)Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.

(loudly)Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 by Grant in Random

6 responses to “26/Jun/2007 – Puff, If You Want To

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  1. I think the only thing that could be misconstrued as being druggish here is the word “puff” which is really all I remembered about the song until you posted the lyrics.

    ” His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain,
    Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane.”

    ^^^That’s so sad! (Oops! They said “cherry”!)

  2. Can you imagine Peter, Paul & Mary singing songs about drugs? They were never stoners.

  3. Just a fun song – it’s great cause it has a lot of different verses and Kids love it.

    "Єpiѕtling ŊutΩpian"
  4. Loved that song as a child! Thought it was a quirky but cool folk song then, and feel the same about it now.

  5. Oh, and just for good measure, I’m going to sing the entire song… in my office… aloud!

  6. Go grrl….

    Woo.

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