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May. 16th, 2008

09:29 am - Puff the Magic Dragon - alt. ending #2

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Oh also, while driving over from Chicago in a musicless vacuum, I started thinking about Jeff Wolf's extra verse to "Puff the Magic Dragon", and I was inspired to write my own last verse.

Instead of being an extra verse tacked onto the end, though, this is a substitute for the original last verse:

He missed his little friend
And brooded for a while,
Until another little boy
Showed up to make him smile.
When taken out of context
This verse sounds really wrong,
But it's all innocent, I swear,
It's a family-friendly song!


If I were a folksinger performing this in concert, I think I'd end with a spoken comment along the lines of: "That's right, there are no hidden double meanings in this song. If you disagree... what have you been smoking?!"


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Date:May 16th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
I have no problems with the original sad ending, personally.
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Date:May 17th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
What are you, Danish? :}

Well, the thing about the original sad ending is, it doesn't make a lot of sense. If dragons live forever, why is Puff letting the loss of this one child ruin eternity for him? Why not just go find another friend?

Although after I wrote this, I thought about it some more, and it occurred to me that the ending does make sense if you assume that Puff is merely a figment of Jackie Paper's imagination.
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Date:May 17th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
> What are you, Danish?
Bring on the Ingmar! Sad is happy!

> Why not just go find another friend?
Because he only lives in Jacky Paper's imagination, and he's essentially been tossed under the bed forever.

> it occurred to me that the ending does make sense
Ah, I should have read it all the way through before replying. Pan's Labyrinth was much like that, you either get a bittersweet or a horribly depressing ending depending on whether you think it was all in the girl's imagination or not.
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Date:May 16th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
If you disagree... what have you been smoking?!

Heh. On one of Peter, Paul and Mary's live albums, they add something that's not QUITE a verse and not QUITE a spoken comment, to the effect of "Despite what you have heard/It's just a children's song/and if you do not know the words/[spoken] YOU'D BETTER LEARN THEM."


Edited at 2008-05-16 03:09 pm (UTC)
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