“Puff The Magic Dragon” – The Real Facts Behind The Song

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Puff, the Magic Dragon” (or “Puff“) is a song written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow and made popular by Yarrow’s group Peter, Paul and Mary in a 1963 recording.


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“Who doesn’t remember and love this wonderful folk song for children, performed by the trio Peter, Paul and Mary?

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.

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. We invented imaginary friends and something like a magic dragon was very real to us indeed.”

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Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
in a land called Honnahlee
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 Honnahlee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
in a land called Honnahlee

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 Honnahlee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
in a land called Honnahlee

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 Honnahlee
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
in a land called Honnahlee

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