“Puff the Magic Dragon” Controversy

Posted in: Musicouching by noob2Epic on May 26th, 2007 | 54 Comments

Understanding the meaning behind the lyrics in the innocent song, Puff the Magic Dragon.

Puff the Magic Dragon is a fun and lovable song, but certainly sad towards the end. It was originally performed by the group Peter, Paul, & Mary. However, despite the fact it was written for both children and adults to enjoy, there has been much controversy over the meaning behind the lyrics.

Origin of Song

Originally the lyrics to this wonderful song were written by a young man named Leonard Lipton. He was inspired after reading the poem by Ogden Nash titled: Tale of Custard the Dragon, to write a poem/lyrics of his own. Custard the Dragon was about a fierce looking dragon that was really quite cowardly until a pirate came and broke into his master’s house, it was then he courageously protected the house before lapsing back into his cowardice.

Lipton wrote the most of what is now Puff the Magic Dragon with the intent on it being innocent. It was supposed to a tale of boyhood and how “little boys” grow up and childhood fantasies fade away as they age.

Leonard left his poem in the hands of Peter Yarrow, who made some revisions and turned it into lyrics. The group Peter, Paul, & Mary made it a popular and well known song.

False Drug Reference

I’ve heard many different things about this song and how it is related to drugs. Some include the name “Puff”, being a puff of smoke from a joint. When in reality it is quite clear that the dragon is called Puff because dragons snort smoke through their noses/nostrils and it’s a “cute”, cliché little name for a dragon.

Others are that this make believe world of Honah Lee is the effects of getting high on drugs. But it is supposed to symbolize a child’s imagination and innocence; their over creative minds and the imaginative fantasy adventures they go on.

I’ve even found on Wikipedia that “dragon” is supposed to be “draggin’”, as if to take a “drag” off a joint. At least that is my interpretation of “draggin’.” Is there a reason to go in depth about its true meaning? A dragon is a dragon; the mythical creatures that often have wings and can breathe fire.

It is quite easy to turn the innocent meanings into drug related ones. But you can do that with a lot of songs and an imaginative mind.

Meaning Behind the Song

This song, written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, is about how young boys eventually grow up and lose their true imagination. It’s about the innocence the youth has their creativity! Not how people like to get high and take trips to far away worlds under the influence of marijuana. This isn’t the Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky (With Diamonds) we’re talking about, it’s Puff the Magic Dragon, a “bitter-sweet” story about a boy named Jackie Paper that loved the dragon Puff, until one day he stopped imagining, or visiting Puff and the land of Honah Lee.

“A dragon lives forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys.
One gray 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!”

This song, as Peter Yarrow and the group have said flat out, is not about drugs or anything of the sort!

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  • Miguel May 29th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    I see your point, but maybe he was attempting to sound innocent as you said, and at the same time, sound controversial.

  • Dan June 10th, 2007 at 1:38 am

    what about “little Jacky Paper”?

  • Pseudonym June 29th, 2007 at 4:04 am

    I’m not sure it’s ever really been a controversy. Surely the drugs theory was relegated to urban folklore decades back?

  • Freelancer Nubi July 17th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Sadly I know a friend who detests the song because of its supposed drug reference. People all over the internet have commented about it being about drugs, and not being about drugs.

    I have heard that “little Jackie Paper” is also in reference to drugs. But I’ve also heard rumors it was the name of a pilot of a helicopter. I guess in truth few people will ever truly KNOW what this song is really about… But not everything is about vices and such. Yet, in contradiction, many songs do have drug reference.

  • Hardyangelpooh January 2nd, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    OKay! Lately I have been involved in the remebering and embracing this very beautiful song. Several people have said as is astated above that this song is a refernce to drugs. I strongly disagree and see the lyrics as that of a little boy growing up from his playful imaginary friends, one of whom is a dragon! I am very glad to know I have other who share in my enjoyment of the songs true meansing incluidng the authors themselves!

  • Lavoe1fan January 2nd, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    It is a sad song indeed, but I believe it is about a young person, who admires an older friend, only to “outgrow” him when he gets older.

  • Mike March 7th, 2008 at 10:47 am

    its is about drugs

  • Danielle April 2nd, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Only reason to think it\’s about drugs is to first hear all the controversy. Listening to it without knowing, there is no way to associate it with drugs. Unless of course your a drug addict, then yea I guess you could turn anything into relation with drugs.

  • chris April 8th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    i just recently learned about folk rock in one of my classes and we listened to this song. a lot of these bands liked to put controversey in their songs because it would give the audience something to talk about after. i think that he tried to make it in both meanings but thats just my opinion

  • Bubba April 30th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    If you ever heard Noel “Paul” Stookey (The Paul of Peter, Paul & Mary), sing this in a solo concert, it doesn’t end sad. He uses the fact that “everybody” knows the words to the song to show it was a kid’s song that all kid’s learned, and at the end he says, “But we can bring Puff back out of the cave again if we sing the chorus again real loud!” and then the whole audience errupts in singing “Puff the Magic, Dragon” in unison, and Puff is alive and well. Cool.

  • Ryne July 2nd, 2008 at 9:43 am

    If you sit there and take something for its literal verses obviously the song will be about what it is saying it is about: a boy who loses his innocence, and imagination…sad day. But if you look for a deeper meaning and ignore a narrow minded view you can see that the song isn’t as literal as it is about to be. Little jacky “paper” has an imaginary friend named puff the magic dragon, which costs him his friends and everything because he doesn’t leave his house until he loses his friend puff the magic dragon. Now for all of you who apparently don’t believe in metaphors, this is a propagandic metaphor for the idea that smoking marijuana results in you being a social outcast with only marijuana related friends, and until paper can grow up and realize this truth, he is stuck in the previous paradox of hanging out with his only “true” friend puff the magic dragon: marijuana.

  • Hybrid July 13th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    this was my favorite movie at a very young (pre school) age. i would sit there watching it over and over.. i remember being scared of the clouds and cards on the ship.. and the song at the end was my best part.

    throughout my younger years i was really quiet.. i’ve been called mute and was voted “most shy” in grade 9.

    marijuana and the idea of mentally escaping the world always appealed to me. i didn’t smoke weed during my high school days.. but i’ve had people tell me i always looked stoned in class.

    now i smoke weed and cigarettes.. and look back on a life strongly affected by a lack of communication.

    i’m left to wonder… is having a friendly creature that breathes smoke a good idea for a young mind? what about angry clouds and playing cards? these images stuck in my head more than anything.

    i feel like a victim of this show in a lot of ways… the mute scene at the beginning where they say “it would take a miracle.. BUT WE FROWN UPON THAT” is haunting. this is no ordinary movie I assure you that.

    the message the original writer, singers, and creators of the movie intended on portraying really isn’t the issue here. this is a spiritual issue. do you think as a human being that you are in full control over everything you create? i definately don’t. there’s a war going on inside of everyone one of us. don’t be quick to pass everything off as simple coincidence.

  • Freelancer Nubi July 19th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    @Hybrid (and to all)

    Music & movies are very influential, this I agree with. For awhile I thought it was stupid someone would let themselves follow the artist’s words or the theme of the movie and take it so seriously. I thought: Who really lets a song effect them so much in that (negative) way?

    But I’ve learned over time that a song, a music artist, and movies can be very influential. And for some the things they grow up around can shape their lives greatly.

    However, the song and the movie are two different things. I’ve never seen the movie/show, not in full length, but the song came first and it didn’t come with scary or strange images made for the movie later on.

    You are very right though. Some have perceived this song to be all about drugs. Others about how I’ve written; about innocence and growing up. Some believe in Heaven & Hell. Some side with God, others rather serve the Devil. There are those that believe in neither and follow no religion. We all see and feel things differently. We can take an innocent image, an innocent word, something so innocent and make it evil, terrible, sick, or wrong. Just as we can take a general ‘evil’ and make it seem innocent and perfectly okay.

    Our perception of everything, our inner feelings, and the wars we wage in our hearts shape who we are. What one person sees may not be what another sees. And yet it is the same image.

  • Freelancer Nubi July 20th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Also, on a sidenote: At the end of the song Jackie Paper comes to visit Puff no more.

    Supposing this IS a drug related song, which I do not believe that it was created to be, Jackie Paper does not visit Puff anymore. Wouldn’t this add up to he doesn’t do drugs anymore? Or did he just move on to something better, like meth? (joking)

    There are a multitude of ways to look at this song.

  • justonemore August 8th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    OK, can’t we all just admit that it is really a cool little song? The Drug bit is just the easy way out for a person to think they know what a song is about (you can just about make any song about drugs, if you have nothing better to do). It makes some people happy to ruin others work. Take it for what you take it, JUST ENJOY IT.

    Til next time

  • Come on people... September 12th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Why does something nice and sweet and pure have to be turned into something bad. It’s a great song.

  • Scarlett October 13th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I dont understand why people these days have to assess everything! Why cant anything be happy and meaningless, sometimes things just dont need to be read into!

    The song is beatuiful, full of happiness and imagination – personally i think this is what society needs more of! Not critical thinking. Human nature needs to stop searching for things that arent there – this song being a prime example.

    Since a young age i used to listen to this song imagining all sorts of things, why can’t people be left with these ‘happy’ thoughts.

    Unfortunately for some it seems – not everything in life is drug induced. Sometimes people imagine and believe. And sometimes songs dont have a deeper meaning, sometimes they are just words on paper.

    Sometimes human nature can destroy things in the same way that is trying to destroy a song about a young boys imagination. We need to stop searching for what’s not there.

  • JFO December 1st, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Puff
    the magic drag-in
    Jackie Paper
    mist
    strings and sealing wax

    Oh, and by the way, “Hannah Lee” was the name of a notorious Ivy League drug dealer and the lyric’s writer, Lenny Lipton, was a Cornell student.

  • Silverwind December 31st, 2008 at 3:04 am

    I’ve never thought of it as anything but a fun song. One can interpret either way, certainly.
    Dan & JFO both note “Jacky ( Jackie) Paper. My interpretation of his name is both that of
    childhood passing and of the shortness of human life in general. ‘Dragons live forever but
    not so little boys’ would seem to support my reading. Mind you, I do not claim my view is the
    right or correct or intended interpretation, it is just my view.

    On the discussion / argument as to whether or not this is a drug related song (and I don’t
    care whether it is or isn’t, it is a fun song no matter) I’ll leave you with this thought – wouldn’t
    it be a very gray and boring world if we all felt the same way about everything?

    Peace,
    Silverwind

  • duhpuffsmokesweed January 14th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Puff has dreads! That means he must be smoking weed.

    Puff made jackie paper go with him bc he needed something to roll with!

    The movie is definitely about drugs!

    and how could they eat so much pie if they didnt have the MUNCHIES!

  • Tim February 18th, 2009 at 6:30 am

    I’m 58, for all you young dope smokers that can add, I was there when it was written, put the bong down and grow up, that’s what the songs about, growing up. By the blog I can see most of you haven’t yet.

  • Beth March 12th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    This song is definitely about drugs, you need to read between the lines and think of different meanings to the words firstly, as all you dope smokers will or should know a puff dragon or magic dragon as it is sometimes called, is actually a a type of bong which is made in the shape of a dragon it has a hole in the back to put in the dope and holes in the nostrils and ears to allow the smoke to patrude, also you can forget weed it is about opium which for people that don\’t know comes from the poppy flower, part of the song go’s \”froliced in the autumn mist in a land call honnale\” in simple terms frolic means to have care free fun also if you think about it, the poppy flower blooms in the autumn and forget fantasy, Honnalee is actually a small village just outside of stratford (U.K) and has the most amazing poppy fields which become very bleak and misty late autumn early winter, also and i\’m very surprised the no one new who Jackie paper is, (herd of GOOGLE anyone) Jackie paper is the real name for the rock star legend Jimmie Nevis who was reported to have been a big opium smoker in his youth, durr (are we all feeling a bit silly now) anyway the next bit of the song go\’s \”brought him strings and ceiling wax and other fancy stuff\” this bit means they are making a dope candle, they use the wax to SEAL in the opium and other bits and peaces, (other fancy stuff) and the string is used as the wick, the candle is then placed in the puff dragon and lit. the song is way to long to go through it all but it has cleverley been disguised as an innocent children’s song, get a copy of the lyrics and have a go its quit ways to work out, I\’ve never taken drugs in my life but still managed to work it out, I don\’t know who they were trying to kid, well never mined at least its out in the open now.

  • Puff the Magic Dragon March 22nd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    The song is about a boy who’s about to lose his virginity… and the dragon, well… is the boy’s little friend down there.

    But who cares about this song anyway??
    It’s nothing out of this world anyway… plus is a boring song for kids.
    Be serious! I can relate almost any song out there to drugs.
    If you say “paper”, it’s about drugs, if you say “rock”, it’s about drugs, if say “jamaica”, it’s about drugs, if you say “green” it’s about drugs, if you say “dragon”, “puff”, “grandma’s medicine”, “candle”, “Pope”, “Light”, “Fire”, “Bomb”, “trip”, “Voyage”,”Mary”, “Bob”, “Obama” as many others words.. They are all ABOUT DRUGS!!!! Come on!!!!! The only one who knows the true meaning of this song is the composer… The rest of us, are just getting a personal point of view…

  • Miguelito March 25th, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Anyone who looks at this song and think it is drug related you have no life. How many of you that are making comments were
    alive in 1968. I agree with #23 you can make any song drug related. We lived in the age of aquarius back then. the flower
    children back then are now well respected business men and women.
    the song was about fantasy….also those of us who partook of
    the herb superb we didn’t take a drag we toked…you took a drag off a cigarette….you want to pick on songs try listening to rap
    if you can figure out the words…you can find fault in any song now a days….Puff the Magic dragon is a song about fantasy…
    if you want to tear apart a song of that era look at Brewer and Shipley’s One toke over the line….now thats a song about smoking pot….Sweet Jesus….

  • Jimmy6 April 6th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I do believe the writers of the song when they say that it was never about drugs. They have been adamant about that since the legend began. But you have to admit that it doesn’t take much imagination to think that it does. Some unfortunate choices of words in the lyrics for a song that made it big going into the 60s. A person can’t really be faulted for thinking that the song does contain veiled drug references.

  • Mr. optibol April 6th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    PUFF THE MAGIC PENIS!

  • Wraith June 6th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    The song is whatever you choose to believe it is. If someone sees the song as a sly drug reference, their interpretation ought not to disfigure your literal appreciation for the song. Enjoy it for what you conceive it to be and don’t trouble yourself over someone else’s cynical view. Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. It is, in the end, a matter of faith. If God is a product of wishful thinking, then all the Hosannas ever shouted will not make Him real. Just so, if exist He does, the weight of all the logical arguments ever made will not rationalize Him away. Personally, I love that rascal, Puff.

  • Jimmy June 6th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    If you knew anything about the group, and weren’t trying to over-analyze everything, you would realize that people thinking the song was about drugs are, themselves, on drugs.

    No one ever ever ever ever ever intended for it to be about drugs. Period

    IF THAT MAKES SENSE

  • Steven June 14th, 2009 at 6:53 am

    There are many ways to see this song, but it makes sense that this song is related to drugs. “Puff” the Magic Dragon means the smoke that comes out, Jackie Paper, a rockstar who smoked alot in his childhood, also used for Marijuana, Strings and Wax, used for making that dopey thing, and when the boy didn’t come no more, he quitted drugs and gave up on “Puff” the Smoking Marijuana Dealer. Or he died of too much smoking. Also, smoking was also a big thing in the 1900’s. Hannah Lee, the lyric’s writer, was also an Ivy Drug “possesed” person.
    Or the song could be this way. Puff the Magic Dragon-A childhood imagination Mythical creature, Little Jackie paper- A Kid(Of Course), Strings and Paper- Used to play with the dragon the dragon. And when the boy didn’t come no more- he eventualy got old and died…….
    This song could be a sad song or a song for Drug Addicts. A lot of people think this song is about drugs, but this can also be a childhood memory of a wonderful magical song.

  • Steven June 14th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    A dragon lives forever but not so little boys

  • Steven June 14th, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Get it? This line means Drugs last forever but not people who use them. Get it now?

  • Steven June 14th, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Just in case, here are the lyrics.

    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. oh

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

    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. oh!

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

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

  • Steven June 14th, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Final comment.

    To:#23

    This song was composed to a person named Hannah Lee who wrote the lyrics in the first place. She was an Ivy Drug Person. I agree with # 22 and you should too, cause its true. And Like what # 22 said,(credit goes to her) Honnalee is actually a small village just outside of stratford (U.K) and has the most amazing poppy fields which become very bleak and misty late autumn early winter)See? But this song can also be an imagination.

  • Steven June 15th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    To:#26

    LOL

  • Tyler July 9th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    People literaly start fights over this songs meaning. It’s pathetic. The lyrics clearly indicate imagination and friendship. Quit overanalyzing

  • Manic July 23rd, 2009 at 1:57 am

    as always.. you people must be an american who always likes to over analyzing things. bunch of pshyco..

  • Ging August 4th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I choose to believe that it’s a bittersweet song about a boy and his toy, and imagination, and growing old, growing jaded.

  • Dee August 9th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Jesus wept!!! what a lot of balls!

    Our dad used to sing this ssong to us when we were little (never heard the original myself – and don’t want to) he had to make up a new last verse because the song was sooooo sad and we howled and cried so much for the poor dragon :)

    Dad’s last verse goes like this

    Well Jackie went away to see the world and things
    but pretty soon he wanted to get back to wax and strings
    He missed his old friend Puff and was sad he caused him pain,
    so Puff the magic dragon was a happy Puff again :) ))

    we stopped crying…

    Still love the song though. All the people out there with drug addled brains are kind of missing the point that lots of children enjoy the song.

    You want drug references check out ‘The Magic Roundabout’ which was a children’s TV show!!!

  • Brandan September 2nd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    My mother always asked me to sing “Puff The Majic Dragon” at her funeral…because I used to sing it as a young child. I was offended at the thought because my Mom smoked as long as I can remember. Last year Mom quit smoking, a little too late. Three weeks ago she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer – the “smokers cancer”…we may have a a few short weeks or so left with our Mom. Yesterday, she asked me to record “Puff The Majic Dragon” and put it on a cd for her. Well, what do you say? So…I downloaded the lyrics and sobbed at the beautiful story and recognised that as a mother she saw her children grow and loose there innocence – that it certainly was not a song about smoking. This song is two fold for me; one that all children grow up and the other a tremendous amount of healing knowing that Mom just loved to hear me sing. After all these years, yes Mom I will sing “Puff the Majic Dragon” with all my heart.

  • Julie September 16th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    who really cares? I guess if you do drugs you care and if you do not…who cares? I loved the song and still do. I never did drugs and never attributed it to drugs. too funny. RIP Mary Love your voice and your songs you sang….. brings back wonderful childhood memories and I was innocent so it worked for me. Then I became an adult and the adults put that crap in my head….about drugs….LOL I will keep my innocence……

  • richi-rich September 17th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    This song was written during the drug years and the the references to smoke, drag(on), and paper can be arguably extrapolated into a drug meaning. But, if you like this song–and who doesn’t?–just sing it and enjoy it regardless of what it may or may not mean.

  • Michael Holland Shepard September 28th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Michael Holland Shepard at 12 years old wrote the song Puff The Magic Dragon. He also drew the picture of Puff on Peter, Paul and Marys second LP. In the picture the name Michael is included in the title Puff The Magic Dragon. Unfortunately this song was pirated. It was first sung by Elvis Presley and also the group, The Limeliters. Their release is pending full recognition of the songwriter Michael Holland Shepard, full royalties paid, a stop to the violence and theft of all properties and other songs writen by Michael. Including amoung others Bye Bye Miss American Pie, Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog, Horse With No Name, Little Boxes, Tiny Bubbles, Little Old Lady From Pasadina, Michael Row The Boat Ashore, etc… etc… etc…

  • Scooter October 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Puff the Magic Dragon about drugs? Would Peter, Paul, & Mary ever sing a song with hidden meaning? Why, of course not. And, they meant every word, literally, when they sang I Love Rock and Roll Music.

  • Trevor December 8th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Lucy in the sky with Diamonds is not necessarily about a drug trip either. In an interview with John Lennon he stated that the song was written because his son brought home a picture he drew of a girl in his class named Lucy. In this picture she was in the sky, with diamond like things around her. I like it how you defend the innocence of one song by shooting down another that you didn’t even research about. These songs have the same innocence to them; so don’t go making assumptions about a song like you criticize people for doing with Puff.

  • Sarah February 26th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I believe that songs are a way for use to interpret the way we want o relate to them. Depending on the person whether you relate to smoking up or whether you you relate to losing an Imagination/ innocents. I can see why people would believe its about smoking up and I can see why others would believe its about innocents.

    Just keep in mind that whatever the song means to you it can mean something totally different to another. That’s the power of true music.

  • drive10117 March 10th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I think that Puff is a kite.

  • lisa April 5th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Wow. I am a kid and you guys sicken me with the drug thing!

  • Steaksauce April 29th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    We all find hidden meanings in things, don’t we? When someone “discovers” one – or latches onto one – are they not simply spinning it to the way they perceive it? Whether you think it’s about smoking or something other than the way it was originally intended, you find a way to embrace what meaning you have placed it to be, which still returns songs back to why we love them in the first place. You identify with it.

    Reading what others have written: Losing the love in your life; your children moving on; getting stoned; abandonment… and yet isn’t the song about losing one’s innocence? Isn’t that what each one places in its meaning? So it rings true, but only if you embrace your own meaning, rather than applying it to everyone. Drug use is still innocence lost. Which is still the root meaning of this beautiful song.

  • Angus October 18th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Whether there are hidden references to drugs or not, the song is a better song when interpreted as being about a boy’s growing up/loss of innocence.

    When interpreted as a drug song, it’s pretty boring.

  • Heather Doll December 14th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    i would just like to claify,
    that lucy in the sky with diamonds was also not a drug reference.
    it was based on a drawing you can find online that john lennon’s son, julian, made of his kindergarten schoolmate lucy.

  • Brianna February 9th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve heard many thoughts about “Puff” the magic dragon.I don’t know wich to believe but I will try to do the best I can to defend each argument.As you see Jackie Paper is the name of weed smokers,and puff is the thing that comes out of it.But the only way to know is to get the creature of Puff the Magic Dragon to admit it.And anyways does it matter if he made it because of drugs!?A good kids song is a good kids song!So who cares.

  • Steve May 6th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I think it was a dream that children who have few friends in there real lifes find friends in the make believe life and as Jackie grew older his immaginarry friend went away as he either got friends or matured.

  • Will June 10th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    The Beatles’ Lucy is not about drugs. It’s a picture Lennon’s son drew of a girl in the sky with diamonds… You accuse other songs while trying to prove that one innocent…

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