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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thursday Theme Song: Puff the magic dragon








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When I first heard this song, my three year old had gone to watch a mini musical and came home singing "Puff the magic dragon." and the tune was very catchy. Then some parents were complaining why we were teaching the child sing songs that glorified drugs.

Its about a little kid, and everyday the kid goes to the beach to play with the dragon. As the kid gets older the dragon doesn't come play anymore because the dragon was his imagination, The song is about growing up and how life change and get sadder as you get older!

It was adapted from a poem. Peter, Paul and Mary made it a point to include at least one song on each album that was purely for children and they tended to choose songs with helped children understand growing up and how life changes.

In Coyle's Park in Pt Chevelier, Puff lies basking in the sun waiting for children to play.

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 flags 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

14 comments:

Magia da Inês said...

Olá!
Que história mais terna... me senti criança outra vez...
Boa semana, amiga!
Beijinhos.
Brasil

rainfield61 said...

Somebody needs to put up a warning sign, " Beware of Dragon!!!"

Y. Ikeda said...

Thanks for informing new meme, which sounds interesting. I will consider joining seriously if I have an idea for this meme!!!
Nice matching of photos and lyrics!

Gattina said...

I never heard of Puff, but I loved the crocodile in the park, lol !

Icy BC said...

This is the dragon that I would love to play with, and love this story when I read it to my children!

Windsmoke. said...

Both versions of Puff the Magic Dragon are fantastic i remember them well. Mary Travers the Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary passed away last year a sad loss indeed. I don't know if you know about the childrens t.v. show H.R. Puffinstuff that was a very funny show with a full size puppet dragon.

George said...

I remember Puff the Magic Dragon very well, and you're right -- the tune is definitely catchy. The dragon waiting for children to come play is definitely neat.

Tes said...

Your photos really matched the song. So cute! I am interested to join... so cute!

NatureFootstep said...

we have Puff in sweden too. :) Like the dragon figure on teh ground.

You asked if we had no snow. Of course we dop, I posted an archive image. I am growing tired of snow. We already had it for two months and might still get another 3. :(

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Ann, this is one of my all time favorite songs. You've brought to me a bit of nostalgia and I really enjoyed your post!! Fantastic photos too. Great job.

Sunrise Sunset is my ThemeSong this week. Have a good 'un!!

Madi and Mom said...

I do so love Puff and it brought back memories of my daughters childhood....she so loved that song as did I it will always be an innocent playful song to me...
Hugs Madi and Mom

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, Ann, TOO wonderful. I've got pictures ready for this song, but you beat me to it, and I've also got pictures ready for "Sunrise, Sunset" which Anni posted. What fun when we all think of the same things. LOL
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Lew said...

Delightful choice of photos for the song! Puf (Peter, Paul and Mary version) is one of my favorites and was popular when my kids were small. Thanks for comment on Beth. It certainly was good to see her! We don't get to see our family as much as the East coast ones.

SquirrelQueen said...

I love Puff, he was one of my favorite dragons in song. I used to teach this song to kids at summer camp.

The photos are great Ann, kids must love to play on the dragon.