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?)