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Puff The Magic Dragon

  • (Peter Yarrow / Leonard Lipton)

    Puff the magic dragon
    Lived by the sea
    And frolicked in the autumn mist
    In a land called Honalee

    Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea
    And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honalee
    Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff
    And brought him strings and sealing-wax and other fancy stuff

    Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail
    Jackie kept a look-out perched on Puff's gigantic tail
    Noble kings and princes would bow whene'er they came
    Pirate ships would lower their flags when Puff roared out his name

    A dragon lives forever but not so little boys
    Painted wings and giants' rings make way for other toys
    One grey night it happened Jackie Paper came no more
    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 lifelong friend Puff could not be brave
    So Puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave

    (as sung by Peter Paul & Mary)

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  • german  [1974:] Zu diesem Lied, das durch Peter, Paul and Mary bekannt wurde, gibt es neben der Geschichte von dem kleinen Jungen Jacky Paper, der mit seinem Drachen spielt, auch eine 'underground'-Interpretation:
    "Puff" ist ein Joint, den man am Strand raucht ("lived by the sea") und der einen im Herbstnebel in eine Traumwelt ("land called Honah Lee") entführt. Diese Interpretation wird durch verschiedene Hinweise gestützt: "Little Jacky Paper (Zigarettenpapier) loved that rascal (unartiger Kerl) Puff"; "fancy stuff" - Hippiekleidung; "together they would travel" - Reise; Trip; etc. (Liederbuch 103)

  • For the story behind the song see
    For later fifth verse see

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