I have seen it updated to "Puff the Kosher Dragon lives in Eretz Yisroel/and davens in the synagogue and shuckles with his tail", which is not as good as the original, IMHO. _________________ Dip the apple in the honey...
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Posted: Tue, May 27 2008, 9:46 am Post subject: re: Puff the Kosher Dragon - cliphttp://www.imamother.com/re
Funny to think that, in reality, the original song was about smoking pot...disguised behind an apparently innocent kiddie tune...anyway, that's why my Mom told me we were not allowed to listen to it..and not the tv special either...
(I would have been none the wiser if she hadn't TOLD me!
Posted: Tue, May 27 2008, 10:08 am Post subject: re: Puff the Kosher Dragon - clip
I can't believe I wasted 3 minutes to watch halfway through this silly clip.
This guy must be really bored and in need of extra curricular activities....
I'll take Peter, Paul and Mary's version anyday. _________________ “All that is thought should not be said. All that is said should not be written. All that is written should not be published. All that is published should not be read.”
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk
Posted: Tue, May 27 2008, 10:09 am Post subject: re: Puff the Kosher Dragon - clip
I heard that thing about Puff being about smoking pot...maybe yes, maybe no. If yes, it's really well-hidden in hints so abstruse you'd need an annotated Mother Goose to get them. IMO, that makes it like any other nursery rhyme, completely divorced from its original meaning.
The lyrics for "Puff, the Magic Dragon" were based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton, a nineteen-year-old Cornell student. Lipton was inspired by an Ogden Nash poem titled "Custard the Dragon," about a "Really-O, Truly-O, little pet dragon." Lipton passed his poem on to friend and fellow Cornell student Peter Yarrow, who created music and more lyrics to make the poem into the song. In 1961, Yarrow joined Paul Stookey and Mary Travers to form Peter, Paul and Mary. The group incorporated the song into their live performances before recording it in 1962; their 1962 recording of "Puff" reached #2 on the Billboard charts in early 1963.
The lyrics tell a story of the ageless dragon Puff and his playmate Jackie Paper, a little boy who grows up and loses interest in the imaginary adventures of childhood and leaves Puff alone and depressed. The story of the song takes place "by the sea" in the land of Hanalei, which is on the island of Kaua'I, Hawai'I.
The song is believed by many to refer to smoking joints, due to references to paper, dragon ("draggin'"), puff (smoke), traveling "along the cherry lane" (the burning ember of a cigarette or joint is called a cherry, and moves up the cigarette's length as it burns), and Hanalei (Honalee) is a town in Hawaii where a lot of weed is smoked. Because of this, the song became a hippie anthem. The authors of the song have repeatedly and vehemently denied any intentional drug reference. Peter Yarrow himself insists that "Puff" is about the hardships of growing older, not drugs.
Posted: Tue, May 27 2008, 10:50 am Post subject: Re: re: Puff the Kosher Dragon - clip
Omigosh! I remember Ogden Nash's poem from when I was a little girl!!!
and here I thought I'd read every ogden nashism that ever was. wikipedia informs me that there is a veritable feast of Ogden nash I've never seen before. Life is still worth living! I'm off to see what I can put on hold at the library.
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