All of us thought that the little boy in the song died, but apparently not. … 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. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on June 28, 2016: Hello Flourish and thank you. Here are some statements tey've made:Leonard Lipton (co-writer): “Puff” is about loss of innocence, and having to face an adult world. Peter doesn't recall what happened to the original typed sheet of paper containing the poem. Puff the Magic Dragon is a 30-minute animated television special based on the song of the same name by Peter, Paul and Mary. We listened and then the story seemed to open up into his missions in Vietnam. 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. It's one of my guilty pleasures. Puff is such a sweet song, isn't it? See more ideas about dragon, dragon art, mythical creatures. I pretty much have accomplished all that I wanted to do. Byrnes replies: "Puff is just the name of the boy's magical dragon. Nel 1969 la rivista Newsweek ha suggerito che la canzone potesse essere un inno al consumo di marijuana. Public. [1] A sua volta Lipton si era ispirato a una poesia di Ogden Nash dal titolo The Tale of Custard the Dragon.[2]. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on May 17, 2016: Thank you so much for reading this hub and writing such wonderful feedback. Where Have All the Flowers Gone #7. 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." 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.. Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of … Puybaret lives in Paris, France. And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon, ~ opening verse from "The Tale of Custard The Dragon". El Salvador #8. Again he was declined. It really was a very innocent little song. This half hour animated film was made for television, and aired on CBS October 30th of that year. 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. But it makes more sense that he simply grew up. Puff, The Magic Dragon. On one such mission his craft was flying near the "hot zone" at roughly 3000 feet. I know that I am one of your followers. A new child - a girl - was introduced in a book published in 2007 by Peter and Leonard based on the song's lyrics. I will need to seek out your poem :-). Your hub brought back memories of a time when things were different. But the next line is "Painted wings and giant strings make way for other toys." The song "Puff The Magic Dragon" brought some relief to youngsters too, by proving that dragons were not so fearsome after all. Full Story. He drew Puff, Jackey, and all of the characters and like your hub brings to the front, a New kid showed up one day at Puff's cave and the entire process started all over again. The song made the Easy Listening, R&B and Hot 100 charts, and was—and remains—an immensely popular song. Lipton was inspired by an Ogden Nash poem titled "Custard the Dragon", about a "realio, trulio little pet dragon". One of the groups to record Puff was best known for their song about another mythical creature. In some ways, with some people, they hold on in some way or another. I'm always humming or singing as I go about my day this will make my day going about better! Showing 12 coloring pages related to - Puff The Magic Dragon. 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. Some people think that to puff the magic dragon means to smoke a marijuana cigarette." 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. Vanessa Jean. Puff, the Magic Dragon è un brano musicale composto da Leonard Lipton e Peter Yarrow. 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. Right Field #6. It’s surely not about drugs. great song. I also thought that the friend had died. Thanks! 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. Gli autori hanno ripetutamente smentito la leggenda metropolitana. Thanks for this look at a vintage folk song that so many continue to enjoy. 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. You can also read an interview with Leonard Lipton in this LA Weekly article published in February 2015. He simply grew up and no longer believed in magic dragons. I just love the song too. 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. 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). On the iconic Capt. He was contacted by someone a few weeks ago about his involvement in the Vietnam war. I never could find it on here. 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! Watch Queue Queue. Share, share, share and spread the word. The song is about childhood, and the loss of innocence that comes with the end of childhood, nothing more sinister than that. This was pretty significant at the time, as Leonard was working as a camp counselor when Peter tracked him down. But Puff The Magic Dragon IS my favorite song. This video is unavailable. Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of … I loved all those songs by Peter, Paul and Mary including this one. 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. Something so sweet and innocent about it. That was 50 years ago and today he was printing off some 60 pages of comments from those whom he rescued. I heard this on a 60s station the other day and it brought back all these wonderful memories. A physics major, Leonard seemed the unlikely author of poetry of any kind. Glad you set the story straight about the innocent meaning behind the song, too. The story speculated about the name Jackie Paper being a reference to rolling papers used in marijuana cigarettes. 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. 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. I even wrote a poem based on it called The Magic Dragon of Norwich as a response to a challenge here by Ann Carr. 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. One of these poems, "The Tale of Custard The Dragon", written by Nash in 1936, really stuck with Leonard. Thank you Ron Jones for the missions you served and for the many who's lives were spared on that ugly day. The story took its own course- the original plan was to focus on the pangs of growing up, but this happened instead. 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. written in the spring of 1959 by a young university student by the name of Leonard Lipton. I'm not sure of his exact words nor is he. Truly, without any doubt, My favorite song and hub. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on May 26, 2016: Thank you for reading and sharing. The song appeared on their Children of the Unicorn album. Little Jackie paper loved that rascal puff and brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff. No pun intended. I loved this tune when I was a child and I still love it today. 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. If you Google it, you'll see thousands of references stating that Lipton based… Sep 8, 2020 - Explore Ericka Walden's board "Puff the Magic Dragon...", followed by 1026 people on Pinterest. Fact: Those huge Huey helicopters used in Nam to deliver men and equipment were tagged "Puff The Magic Dragon.". You have a great talent, thanks for sharing it with me. I was also a big Captain K fan when I was a kid. 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. 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? Searching for a video of the group singing the song, we found the video mentioned above, this quickly became a favorite. Kangaroo (children's show), Magic Drawing Board had a routine that "he" drew with this song as his music. I's so glad you were able to get the LP before it disappeared. I learn something new every time I write one of these articles. The second single was a tune called Settle Down, which peaked in 56th spot on the charts. You explained things I never even realized. Great hub! The crowd, mostly moms and kids sang the song in total harmony without missing a lick. When they would sing "Puff" tears would fall across the room. Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of … Puff the magic dragon. Watch Queue Queue 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. Hello Harish, I'm so glad you enjoyed this. 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. Ron immediately flew in to make the attempt to rescue those who called for help. Mine too...I just love this little song :-). The song we know and love began its life as a poem. Jackie Paper did not die, which is the way some people interpreted the lyrics. This song brings back so many memories. Not that he needs them. The Irish Rovers, who had an international hit with The Unicorn in 1968, also recorded Puff the Magic Dragon in 1976. The movie tells the story of a young boy who hasn't spoken in a very long time. Puff, the Magic Dragon è un brano musicale composto da Leonard Lipton e Peter Yarrow. But his chin seemed to quiver as he told the emotional part of the story. When this was played on Bob Keeshan's TV show Captain Kangaroo, the accompanying illustrations seemed to reflect the missing fourth verse. And, to this day, Leonard is still receiving royalties from the song. 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. Yes, those were different times, weren't they :-). When he flew his helicopter in "a green military medivac hewy, He flew alone into a barrage of firepower. Just think of how many fathers were blessed that day to return home to raise their own children? I have always so loved this song. People were going to hootenannies – they weren’t smoking joints." Peter, Paul and Mary perform "Puff, the Magic Dragon" live at their 25th anniversary concert in 1986. What a wonderful hub about a folk song ! All childhoods come to an end. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on April 06, 2019: Hello Roberta and thank you so much for your kind words. Will share. The lyrics for "Puff, the Magic Dragon" are based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton, then a 19-year-old Cornell University student. His commander was flying at 5000 feet and a call came in from soldiers on the ground. It's just one of those songs that stays with us, and elicits all kinds of imagery and emotions for everyone who hears it. See more ideas about Puff the magic dragon, Dragon, Puffed. He pulled her out of the group and they sang the second verse together. 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. 1. Glad you enjoyed this! Thank you for sharing how the song came about. Things were different back then, but something's never change. Hello RTalloni, you are so welcome. PP&M were pure magic in concert. As Leonard wrote in a post on Wordpress in February 2009, "When I wrote Puff I didn’t know from marijuana. And the very name "Puff" supposedly implied smoking marijuana. written in the spring of 1959 by a young university student by the name of Leonard Lipton. Puff was introduced to a whole new generation of young fans with the release of a movie adaptation by the same name in 1978. I saw Peter, Paul, and Mary on PBS, Live from Carnegie Hall and they did this song last and mostly without music. Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 07, 2016: Good hub. Aug 20, 2020 - Explore Andrew Hager's board "Puff The Magic Dragon", followed by 220 people on Pinterest. Fond memories of watching this while growing up. 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. You wrote this very well. 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. 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. Nel 1969 la rivista Newsweek ha suggerito che la canzone potesse essere un inno al consumo di marijuana. my grandson, aiden, l0ves it also. The album contained the hits Lemon Tree and If I Had a Hammer, which reached #35 and #10 respectively on Billboard's Hot 100. Takes me back to the 1960s when I hear songs like this. I'm still humming it :-). At the end of the story, the girl is introduced to Puff by Jackie Paper. Peter Yarrow wrote the song before Peter, Paul and Mary came together as a group. As we sat eating dinner we were having catch up talk about family and things. For lyrics coloring pages, clip arthttps://sites.google.com/site/samiannenurserystories/puff-the-magic-dragon When the dinner was over Ron brought up a something that was on his mind. I admit it. He didn't know those records existed until someone told him of them the week prior. Hearing this song by Peter, Paul and Mary would always make me sad- I wanted to concretize, to flesh out that feeling. 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. I always assumed the song was based on old English or Scottish folklore as it has that kind of image. 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. 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.". Now, hopefully, people will be able to see it once more. 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. I think I'm just going to have to start singing it again. Kaili Bisson (author) from Canada on July 06, 2019: I still love this song too! 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. One of the saddest songs i've ever heard. Again he persisted not twice but many many times and said "you'll have to court marshal me then." It's neat to hear this song again. This evening I was fortunate to spend a birthday dinner with my wife and her dad. John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 06, 2019: I loved this song as a child and still love it to this day. 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. Thee men were loaded on in "heaps" because everyone wanted to be rescued. 16,070 431. more tracks from the album Peter, Paul & Mary 25th Anniversary #2. Who Wrote Puff The Magic Dragon? Has anyone else tried to make that connection that you know of? I'm in Love With a Big Blue Frog #4. "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. Both Peter and Lenny have vehemently denied that the song has any connection to drugs. 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. 9 years ago. Thank you so much for your wonderful story. 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. We invented imaginary friends and something like a magic dragon was very real to us indeed. Leonard was at a library on campus one evening and came across a book of poems by American poet Ogden Nash. All because of a man who wouldn't allow fear of being killed himself to alter the mission he was called to perform. Puff the Magic Dragon (TV Short 1978) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse. Questa pagina è stata modificata per l'ultima volta il 30 giu 2020 alle 21:29. His mission was a medivac helicopter pilot and his assignment was to rescuer wounded and companies who were in trouble from enemy fire. Leonard was attending Cornell University in central New York near the picturesque Finger Lakes region. 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 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. 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