Remember when your friend told you that the Peter, Paul and Mary song “Puff the Magic Dragon” was about dope? Puff is obviously Marijuana. And his friend, the boy Johnny Paper, is an allusion to rolling paper. Frolicking in the Autumn mist is a reference to getting high and dope smoke. It all made so much sense back then. Especially after that second doobie.
Everything your friend told you is bullshit. And the lyrics weren’t written by Peter, Paul or Mary. They were written by Leonard.
Leonard Lipton, an independent film maker from Brooklyn, wrote the poem in 1959 as a 19-year-old engineering student at Cornell University.
“Puff, the Magic Dragon” is not about drugs. A song for little kids that advocates the use of drugs would not be appropriate. Advocating marijuana for little kids is not a good thing. My poem was directly inspired by a poem called ‘A Tale of Custard the Dragon,'” published by Ogden Nash in 1936. “Pirates and dragons, back then, were common interests in stories for boys. The Puff story is really just a lot like Peter Pan.”
– Leonard Lipton
The lesson to be learned here is that you should never believe stoned people. Puff the Magic Dragon is about childhood innocence coming to an end. Get over it, pot-head.