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Puff the Magic Dragon

Man, I was listening to "Puff the Magic Dragon" today while out running errands, and I was all nostalgic and stuff, because "Puff" was my very first favorite song when I was 3 or 4 years old, and I used to beg my Aunt Bev to play it for me on her guitar as often as she would oblige.

But when I was listening to it today, and the song went on, and it neared its end, and I realized, "Holy cow! This song is terribly depressing!" Like majorly! I'm 41, and I was walking down a crowded street in Oakland, and the song's ending nearly made me cry. What kind of sadist plays and sings this song for small children? Maybe Aunt Bev discreetly ended the song while Puff and Jacky were still sailing the ocean and having adventures, and left out all that abandonment/rejection/obsolescence stuff.

Oh ... wait ... did I spoil you for the end of "Puff the Magic Dragon"? Hint: Puff and Jacky do not skip off into the sunset holding hands. (Do dragons even have hands?)


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Apr. 21st, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
One of Mimi's preschool buddies gave her an illustrated copy of "Puff the Magic Dragon" for her fourth birthday. I had a hard time reading it to her because my voice would start quavering towards the end. (They kept the lyrics the same but imply via the illustrations that some other little kid finds him instead)
Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
You know, that's how I remember the story going when I was a kid. Maybe my Aunt Bev sang some additional verse of her own or something?
Apr. 21st, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
One time when I heard Paul Stookey in concert, he added in a postscript verse where another kid found Puff, and they became friends afterward, with the implication that there would always be a kid who would be Puff's friend.
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