Friday, January 05, 2007

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called honah lee,
Little jackie paper loved that rascal puff,
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.

Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail
Jackie kept a lookout perched on puffs gigantic tail,
Noble kings and princes would bow wheneer they came,
Pirate ships would lower their flag when puff roared out his name.

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 honah lee.

This song reminds me of half eaten biscuits and Kisholoy on a drowsy Monday morning. And breathless, blue-schoolbag-lugging runs down Ballygunge Place footpaths.
It still smells of surf-excel, bournvita and chelpark royal blue ink.

For me, Puff never stopped roaring. He had just gone for a walk down the yellow brick road.


Phemonoe said...

Lets make a trip to Honah lee..what say? :P

Heathcliff Ranting... said...

Alas!!!! the only puff i know now is the 'cancer puff'...:(

Anonymous said...

I love that song. I first heard lennon's version of it. I have the pete seeger version, but Im looking for lennon's rendition of it.

"A dragon lives forever but not so little boys"


Diviani said...

you have to make me think of chhotobela always, na?

saptarshi said...

Oh I love you for being so wonderfully nostalgic...and you choose such incredibly sensuous objects...objects that have sights,smells,and feel too distinct to be forgotten ever.

scorpionragz said...

yeah, u have a thing for chhotobela na?? i never heard this song till i was 19. quite grown up. for me it has a different meaning.

"sen"sational said...

@phemonoe - yes. yes. and lets take our very own magic carpet along with us, shall we prince ali? :)

@heathu - grass? :P

@aquilusaltus - be sure to lend me the song when you get it. :)

@diviani - i live in the past. mostly. :)

@saptarshi - why, thank you. :)

@ragz - yes. the song is sad. but the sadness struck me much later, when I grew up.

Loonatygr said...

it is also said tohave other connotations...

Loonatygr said...

though its childlike simplicity and rhythm reaches out to all ages and explanations..

guitargeorge said...

On the 9th of February 1995, i first heard this song. It was my didi's 20th b'day.........and we were all listening to oldies.....(yes it was as much an oldie then as it is now)....i fell in love with it the first time around..........i love the peter paul and mary version a lot..........