May we always appreciate and recognize them for their efforts as well as those who gave it all for a cause some never believed in. This is a great collection, and besides Puff, it also contains their classic tunes "Lemon Tree," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Blowin' In the Wind.". It's amazing how much meaning there is in every line of the song. Thanks for this look at a vintage folk song that so many continue to enjoy. Lipton was inspired by an Ogden Nash poem titled "Custard the Dragon", about a "realio, trulio little pet dragon". from cedes tanchuling. I know that I am one of your followers. Did you ever pretend with your friends or by yourself? Leonard was attending Cornell University in central New York near the picturesque Finger Lakes region. Loved the stor y behind the song. That was 50 years ago and today he was printing off some 60 pages of comments from those whom he rescued. Thee men were loaded on in "heaps" because everyone wanted to be rescued. He didn't know those records existed until someone told him of them the week prior. This song brings back so many memories. The trio–Peter, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers–were folk singers who were working as solo acts, for pennies or a meal, in the coffee shops that abounded in those days. Just think of how many fathers were blessed that day to return home to raise their own children? When this was played on Bob Keeshan's TV show Captain Kangaroo, the accompanying illustrations seemed to reflect the missing fourth verse. All because of a man who wouldn't allow fear of being killed himself to alter the mission he was called to perform. Hi Alicia and thank you...so glad you enjoyed this article. Puff, the Magic Dragon è un brano musicale composto da Leonard Lipton e Peter Yarrow. Hello RTalloni, you are so welcome. Jackie Paper did not die, which is the way some people interpreted the lyrics. I remember this song very well. He as asked to take a look at his bird with his commander. Searching for a video of the group singing the song, we found the video mentioned above, this quickly became a favorite. Ron persisted not once but many times and having experience in the army knew he could call in fire power on 3 of the 4 sides of the pick up zone which would provide cover fire for a brief few moments. Truly, without any doubt, My favorite song and hub. He simply grew up and no longer believed in magic dragons. The folk song Puff The Magic Dragon became more meaningful to me by reading your hub. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. 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 lifelong 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 It has a lot of information, with many details unknown to me and some forgotten. At the end of the story, the girl is introduced to Puff by Jackie Paper. I just loved Puff when I was a child, and I still love it now. Mine too...I just love this little song :-). La storia della canzone si svolge nell'immaginaria terra di "Honalee" nei pressi del mare. This urban legend actually started right after the release of the song in 1963 as the result of a story in a New York newspaper. I loved all those songs by Peter, Paul and Mary including this one. His superior officer said to him, "Then go ahead but I will say off the record that I never gave you the ok.". I pretty much have accomplished all that I wanted to do. il testo di Puff, the Magic Dragon si basa su un poemetto del 1959 di Leonard Lipton, allora studente diciannovenne della Cornell University. Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 05, 2016: I loved the song about Puff the Magic Dragon when I first heard it and I still like it. Rockin’ before she could walk, a vinyl hound who can’t remember a thing because the words to all songs from 1960-2019 are stuck in her head. Full Story. Yes, those were different times, weren't they :-). I'm in Love With a Big Blue Frog #4. The poem that formed the basis of the song “Puff, the Magic Dragon” was written in 1959 by Leonard Lipton, a nineteen-year-old Cornell student. No pun intended. El Salvador #8. A physics major, Leonard seemed the unlikely author of poetry of any kind. And, to this day, Leonard is still receiving royalties from the song. I enjoyed reading this article and learning about the background of the song very much! Such Is Love #3. Puff The Magic Dragon Peter Paul & Mary Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee. You have a great talent, thanks for sharing it with me. … :). Thank you so much for your wonderful story. Peter doesn't recall what happened to the original typed sheet of paper containing the poem. I think I'm just going to have to start singing it again. Newsweek magazine published an article in 1964 that addressed the theory that many pop-culture songs had hidden drug references; including, “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” When asked about the song, Leonard Lipton, Peter Yarrow and Mary Travers have claimed that the song truly was a song about the innocence of childhood being lost. See more ideas about Puff the magic dragon, Dragon, Puffed. (Encourage students to come up with a definition for the word pretend) Students: (Possible responses) To imagine something that is not really th… Leonard was at a library on campus one evening and came across a book of poems by American poet Ogden Nash. This evening I was fortunate to spend a birthday dinner with my wife and her dad. Puff the Magic Dragon (TV Short 1978) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. I can still recall every word in every verse of this beloved tune, though I am reminded that, as a child, I had a tough time with “frolicked in the autumn mist” and came up with my own alternate words that kind of fit. Thanks! Thank you for sharing how the song came about. You can also read an interview with Leonard Lipton in this LA Weekly article published in February 2015. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on July 06, 2019: I still love this song too! The album contained the hits Lemon Tree and If I Had a Hammer, which reached #35 and #10 respectively on Billboard's Hot 100. You wrote this very well. Oh Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee. Watch Queue Queue. Tears fell from my eyes for "I" felt a lot of emotions at this time of my life having worked for 23 years with our local paper; wrote scripts for a community theater three friends and I formed to do shows to give monies to charities and was on the radio with a friend of mine. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. It’s surely not about drugs. I never could find it on here. When the dinner was over Ron brought up a something that was on his mind. Glad you set the story straight about the innocent meaning behind the song, too. He was contacted by someone a few weeks ago about his involvement in the Vietnam war. Puff spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the number two spot on May 11th, 1963. When he flew his helicopter in "a green military medivac hewy, He flew alone into a barrage of firepower. Share, share, share and spread the word. It took a certain kind of a man to persist because he knew innocent men would die if he didn't fly to save them. Puff, The Magic Dragon #5. Again he persisted not twice but many many times and said "you'll have to court marshal me then." The group’s second album, Moving, was released January 15th, 1963. In some ways, with some people, they hold on in some way or another. The song made the Easy Listening, R&B and Hot 100 charts, and was—and remains—an immensely popular song. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I learn something new every time I write one of these articles. Puff, The Magic Dragon. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on May 17, 2016: Thank you so much for reading this hub and writing such wonderful feedback. Sep 8, 2020 - Explore Ericka Walden's board "Puff the Magic Dragon...", followed by 1026 people on Pinterest. That album has deep sentimental value for me. Gli autori hanno ripetutamente smentito la leggenda metropolitana. Something so sweet and innocent about it. As Leonard wrote in a post on Wordpress in February 2009, "When I wrote Puff I didn’t know from marijuana. Puff the Magic Dragon is a 30-minute animated television special based on the song of the same name by Peter, Paul and Mary. Ron radioed in for approval to fly into the "hot zone" and the reply from his commanding officer was, a defiant "No" as this was surely a suicide mission. We played the groves off that record when we were kids, so I wanted to have it because she was getting ready to sell it. One of the saddest songs i've ever heard. Nel 1969 la rivista Newsweek ha suggerito che la canzone potesse essere un inno al consumo di marijuana. As he turned it over in his mind, he decided that he could write a poem better than the one by Nash. The crowd, mostly moms and kids sang the song in total harmony without missing a lick. Then he did something that (I hope) the girl will never forget. See more ideas about dragon, dragon art, mythical creatures. What a wonderful hub about a folk song ! Join the imaginary adventures of the ageless dragon Puff and his playmate, Jackie Paper in the fictional land of ‘Honalee’ ! Watch Queue Queue A photo of Peter, Paul and Mary dated May 21, 1963, By International Talent Associates (management) (eBay item front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. I loved this tune when I was a child and I still love it today. 2.1M. In this short film, and both of its sequels, the voice of Puff was none other than Burgess Meredith. People were going to hootenannies – they weren’t smoking joints." One of these poems, "The Tale of Custard The Dragon", written by Nash in 1936, really stuck with Leonard. 16,070 431. more tracks from the album Peter, Paul & Mary 25th Anniversary #2. Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on May 09, 2016: Yeah! Question: If you are not following me, I BEG you to be one now. And, the good news is that I have been one of your followers and avid readers for a long tine now...keep up the great work! His commander was flying at 5000 feet and a call came in from soldiers on the ground. A song about the adventures of a magical dragon sounds innocent enough, but like many songs written in the '60s, "Puff the Magic Dragon" is regarded by many as a … Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on April 06, 2019: Hello Roberta and thank you so much for your kind words. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on May 07, 2016: Thank you Phoenix. Then Puff was released. Peter, Paul and Mary perform "Puff, the Magic Dragon" live at their 25th anniversary concert in 1986. The movie tells the story of a young boy who hasn't spoken in a very long time. Puff was introduced to a whole new generation of young fans with the release of a movie adaptation by the same name in 1978. One of Leonard's pals happened to be the roommate of a fellow by the name of Peter Yarrow. I may not be the smartest guy on HP, but I do know talented writers and that means YOU. All childhoods come to an end. Puff, the Magic Dragon is simply one of the most beloved songs of all time—a classic that’s become as much a part of the childhood experience as Mother Goose and fairy tales. La melodia della canzone è molto simile al brano, https://it.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Puff,_the_Magic_Dragon&oldid=114044261, Album e brani musicali con genere non riconosciuto, licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione-Condividi allo stesso modo, La canzone viene citata in una scena del film. This half hour animated film was made for television, and aired on CBS October 30th of that year. We listened and then the story seemed to open up into his missions in Vietnam. It's neat to hear this song again. I will need to seek out your poem :-). Little Jackie paper loved that rascal puff and brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff. With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse. Puff, the Magic Dragon was his first book, and he has since gone on to illustrate several others, including The Nutcracker for Sterling, and a picture book edition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow with a musical interpretation by Judy Collins. Nel 1969 la rivista Newsweek ha suggerito che la canzone potesse essere un inno al consumo di marijuana. Fact: Those huge Huey helicopters used in Nam to deliver men and equipment were tagged "Puff The Magic Dragon.". Photo of Peter, Paul and Mary from @1968. Peter had found the poem on his typewriter and had written the song based on Leonard's poem. Along the way, they have adventures that nurture Jackie's imagination and courage in unorthodox ways. my grandson, aiden, l0ves it also. The second single was a tune called Settle Down, which peaked in 56th spot on the charts. The physics major from an Ivy League school went on to produce 25 films, and has a slew of patents to his name, including one for a technique for shooting 3D movies. Though the trio performed Puff The Magic Dragon in their live shows, they didn’t actually record the song until 1962 for their second album, Moving. Again he was declined. On the iconic Capt. I have always so loved this song. And thankfully wonderful writer's like you who are here to remind us too! The first single from the album, a song called Big Boat, didn’t fare all that well, reaching the bottom of the Top 100 and only remaining there for two weeks. I'm still humming it :-). It's one of my guilty pleasures. I was also a big Captain K fan when I was a kid. I admit it. Gli autori hanno ripetutamente smentito la leggenda metropolitana. I'm not sure of his exact words nor is he. You a pothead, Focker?" All of us thought that the little boy in the song died, but apparently not. Folk-rock manager extraordinaire Albert Grossman was looking to cash in on the resurgence of folk music, and put the trio together in 1961. Puff, the Magic Dragon is simply one of the most beloved songs of all timea classic thats become as much a part of the childhood experience as Mother Goose and fairy tales. FlourishAnyway from USA on June 28, 2016: This was thoroughly entertaining and provided information that I had long ago wondered about. I recall reading about the gunships in Nam being called after Puff...apparently, P, P and M hated that reference. Vanessa Jean. Byrnes replies: "Puff is just the name of the boy's magical dragon. On one such mission his craft was flying near the "hot zone" at roughly 3000 feet. But it also makes sense as a little boy imagining his toy dragon being magic - and as he grows older, he plays with it less and less until one day he quits playing with it altogether. Puybaret lives in Paris, France. written in the spring of 1959 by a young university student by the name of Leonard Lipton. The song we know and love began its life as a poem. He flew 3 missions that day into the same "hot zone" where he was able to pick up somewhere between 79 and 82 people on 3 separate missions. Showing 12 coloring pages related to - Puff The Magic Dragon. When they would sing "Puff" tears would fall across the room. There was an additional verse in the original poem that introduced a new child for Puff to play with, but neither Peter nor Leonard can recall the exact words. Things were different back then, but something's never change. I felt so bad for Puff! A new child - a girl - was introduced in a book published in 2007 by Peter and Leonard based on the song's lyrics. I am not blowing smoke. But it makes more sense that he simply grew up. I thoroughly enjoyed this great stuff, and it reminded me of my childhood days when imagination ran so wild. We invented imaginary friends and something like a magic dragon was very real to us indeed. This film is produced by Fred Wolf Films.The title character was voiced by Burgess Meredith.The doctors were voiced by Frank Nelson, Regis Cordic, and Charles Woolf.The special first aired October 30, 1978 on CBS.. In those moments I knew he wanted the respect and recognition for something so few of us will ever understand. Puff, the Magic Dragon è un brano musicale composto da Leonard Lipton e Peter Yarrow. I also thought that the friend had died. And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon, ~ opening verse from "The Tale of Custard The Dragon". Yet so grateful for the missions flown and the lessons we have yet to learn. Who doesn’t remember and love this wonderful folk song for children, performed by the trio Peter, Paul and Mary? Questa pagina è stata modificata per l'ultima volta il 30 giu 2020 alle 21:29. And the very name "Puff" supposedly implied smoking marijuana. Hello Harish, I'm so glad you enjoyed this. The first time I visited Hanalei on Kauai, I tried to find out if that quaint oceanside village was connected to the song, but, alas, it is not. I'm so glad you enjoyed this article. This high school kid got to duet on Puff the Magic Dragon … Not that he needs them. Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee The 1963 Peter, Paul and Mary's song, Puff, the Magic Dragon, was based on a poem written by Lenny Lipton in 1959. I knew all the words as a child, and would love to sing. Like the First Time #9. Creating interest in the topic Technique: Discussion and personalization Interactive Pattern: T-S, S-S Time: 10 minutes Material: chalkboard Teacher: Today, I want you to think back to when you were a child. Fond memories of watching this while growing up. I saw Peter, Paul, and Mary on PBS, Live from Carnegie Hall and they did this song last and mostly without music. Dave Wilkinson from Sheffield, South Yorkshire on August 04, 2017: Puff is the song that always calmed my older child down when she was upset, even as a baby. written in the spring of 1959 by a young university student by the name of Leonard Lipton. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on May 26, 2016: Thank you for reading and sharing. Ron immediately flew in to make the attempt to rescue those who called for help. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on March 19, 2017: Hello Dani, I do hope that singing this makes your day go better! Then, a magic dragon named Puff comes to help Jackie by taking his soul force on a wonderous voyage to his island of Honah Lee. Leonard was attending Cornell University in central New York near the picturesque Finger Lakes region. This was pretty significant at the time, as Leonard was working as a camp counselor when Peter tracked him down. PP&M were pure magic in concert. Aug 20, 2020 - Explore Andrew Hager's board "Puff The Magic Dragon", followed by 220 people on Pinterest. Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of … I always assumed the song was based on old English or Scottish folklore as it has that kind of image. Puff has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including The Andrews Sisters and Jackie De Shannon in 1963, Connie Francis in 1967, and Bing Crosby in 1968. We’re talking about Cornell in 1958. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on May 05, 2016: Hello lambservant and thank you. The helicopter was designed to carry 6 men as passengers but there a great need for more missions with a higher risk of being shot down. They were under heavy fire and had many casualties. :). The lyrics for "Puff, the Magic Dragon" are based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton, then a 19-year-old Cornell University student. Both Peter and Lenny have vehemently denied that the song has any connection to drugs. There is a silver lining to the story and if some magic were to happen, Puff the Majic Dragon did fly that day. Somehow Ron was able to fly all 3 missions that day and when the day was over his commander asked him "who was flying with him?" Hearing this song by Peter, Paul and Mary would always make me sad- I wanted to concretize, to flesh out that feeling. Right Field #6. I'm glad you now know about Jackie Paper...so many people think Jackie died because the lyrics say "Dragons live forever, but not so little boys." If you Google it, you'll see thousands of references stating that Lipton based… This video is unavailable. Here are some statements tey've made:Leonard Lipton (co-writer): “Puff” is about loss of innocence, and having to face an adult world. 9 years ago.  A sua volta Lipton si era ispirato a una poesia di Ogden Nash dal titolo The Tale of Custard the Dragon.. Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on May 05, 2016: Hi Kaili ! Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of … Kangaroo (children's show), Magic Drawing Board had a routine that "he" drew with this song as his music. By Sol Mednick Uploaded by We hope at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Puff, the Magic Dragon is simply one of the most beloved songs of all time—a classic that’s become as much a part of the childhood experience as Mother Goose and fairy tales. Nice job. Too many children now seem to be glued to electronic devices...do any of them really play anymore like we did when we were kids? Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of … Puff the Magic Dragon. When everyone, including his parents and doctors, has given up hope, Puff magically gets the little fellow talking again. Having heard the drug rumors I did wonder what the artists would have said about them. 1. Public. It's just one of those songs that stays with us, and elicits all kinds of imagery and emotions for everyone who hears it. You explained things I never even realized. i cried as a child whenever i listened to it. Some people think that to puff the magic dragon means to smoke a marijuana cigarette." Puff is such a sweet song, isn't it? The song is about childhood, and the loss of innocence that comes with the end of childhood, nothing more sinister than that. What does it mean to pretend? But his chin seemed to quiver as he told the emotional part of the story. You can still find the original Moving LP from time-to-time on vinyl sites, or you can pick up The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary. Years after Leonard had written and forgotten about the poem, a friend of his contacted him to tell him that Peter was looking for him. One of the groups to record Puff was best known for their song about another mythical creature. I even wrote a poem based on it called The Magic Dragon of Norwich as a response to a challenge here by Ann Carr. Your hub brought back memories of a time when things were different. The song appeared on their Children of the Unicorn album. The story took its own course- the original plan was to focus on the pangs of growing up, but this happened instead. Before this song came along, bedtime for kiddies involved a ritual of leaping from the bedroom doorway onto the bed, so the dragons under the bed couldn’t grab you by the ankles and drag you away. Great hub! The story speculated about the name Jackie Paper being a reference to rolling papers used in marijuana cigarettes. Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 07, 2016: Good hub. Will share. Now, hopefully, people will be able to see it once more. In 1959, Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton co-created the beloved song “Puff, the Magic Dragon”: the story of the ageless dragon Puff and his playmate Jackie Paper. But the next line is "Painted wings and giant strings make way for other toys." But he was truly an artist, as we will discover later in this story. But Puff The Magic Dragon IS my favorite song. "Puff The Magic Dragon" evokes that magical time in all of our lives, when life was simple, Santa Clause was real, and when we actually played and let our imaginations take us to far-off lands like Honahlee. Puff the magic dragon. Leonard visited their apartment often, and on the same evening as his library visit, while nobody else was at the apartment, Leonard proceeded to put his own poem together on Peter’s old typewriter. Has anyone else tried to make that connection that you know of? So, how did this song about a magic dragon and childhood's end come to be? He pulled her out of the group and they sang the second verse together. John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 06, 2019: I loved this song as a child and still love it to this day. Peter offered to give Leonard half of the song writing credits after it had already become a hit. Glad you enjoyed this! Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on May 06, 2016: Hello Mel, that road trip was one you needed to make for many reasons it seems. The Irish Rovers, who had an international hit with The Unicorn in 1968, also recorded Puff the Magic Dragon in 1976. I'm always humming or singing as I go about my day this will make my day going about better! I heard this on a 60s station the other day and it brought back all these wonderful memories. Some never came home alive but for those who did for a "Silver Star" it was quite the price to pay for this mission on this day. So many children need the opportunity to have a real childhood of carefree, imaginative make believe today. Nice little daydream fodder, though. His mission was a medivac helicopter pilot and his assignment was to rescuer wounded and companies who were in trouble from enemy fire. Takes me back to the 1960s when I hear songs like this. So much our generation has yet to learn from those who fought in the ugly and distant wars of the past. Who Wrote Puff The Magic Dragon? I's so glad you were able to get the LP before it disappeared. The song we know and love began its life as a poem. Mel Carriere from San Diego California on May 06, 2016: Curiously enough, on that same trip that took me through Colorado that I just wrote about, I absconded with my mother's Peter, Paul and Mary album, the first one that you mentioned. great song. For lyrics coloring pages, clip arthttps://sites.google.com/site/samiannenurserystories/puff-the-magic-dragon La canzone narra la storia di un draghetto di nome Puff e del suo compagno di giochi, Jackie Paper, un bambino che una volta cresciuto perde interesse nel mondo fantastico e immaginario delle avventure d'infanzia e lascia da solo Puff (la strofa: «A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys» viene generalmente considerata indicante il fatto che solo il piccolo Jackie Paper diventi adulto). The song "Puff The Magic Dragon" brought some relief to youngsters too, by proving that dragons were not so fearsome after all.