Friday, October 21, 2005

Who said it was about pot?

Claim: The Peter, Paul & Mary tune "Puff, the Magic Dragon" is a coded song about marijuana.

Status: False.

Origins: No,
"Puff, the Magic Dragon" is not about marijuana, or any other type of drug. It is what its writers have always claimed it to be: a song about the innocence of childhood lost.

The poem that formed the basis of the song "Puff, the Magic Dragon" was written Puff this! in 1959 by Leonard Lipton, a nineteen-year-old Cornell student. Lipton was inspired by an Ogden Nash rhyme about a "Really-O Truly-O Dragon,"
No way!!! That is what people thought it was about?

I always thought it was about this. Great seating. Cool windows. Makes pretty pictures at night.

More important, a toy for John to play with. Better res here.

Hat tip The Corner.

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