Puff The Magic Dragon: About outgrowing toys, or pot smoking song?

Puff The Magic DragonChildhood comes with all kinds of memories, favorite vacations, friends, foods, even songs.  There is one song that almost everyone remembers from their childhood, and that is Puff The Magic Dragon, but this is one song that isn’t without a bit of controversy.

For years, people have debated about the real meaning of this song.  Some say the song is about childhood and outgrowing toys, others think that name “Jackie Paper” means the song is about smoking pot.

The lyrics of the song could lend itself to either interpretation, and the debate continues on.  I did a search today for the lyrics, and behold, I found the debate is still going on, even though we have this crazy thing known as the Internet, where it seems that any answer you need is merely waiting for you to search it out…and search it out I did.

Wikipedia has the answer, in case you’re wondering, just click here.

If you don’t feel like reading the whole article, the answer is…. the song IS NOT about smoking pot, it is just a kids song…just as I suspected.

Are you curious about the lyrics now that the subject has been brought up?

Here’s the video and the text…enjoy!

PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON

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 puffs gigantic tail,
Noble kings and princes would bow whenever 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,
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!

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.

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/peter_paul_mary/

PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON

Still a favorite kids song!
Pass the word on, kids everywhere will be glad to hear it!



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