“Puff the Magic Dragon” Land #2 on the Pop Charts
The song,“Puff, the Magic Dragon,” appeared in the number two spot on the pop charts on this day in 1963 made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary. The lyrics for the song were based on a poem written by a nineteen-year old Leonard Lipton who himself was inspired by the poem, “Custard the Dragon” written by Ogden Nash. It turns out that Lipton was friends with Peter Yarrow’s roommate when they were in college together at Cornell University. The song is about an ageless dragon and his friend, Jackie Paper who later outgrows him. An urban legend claims that the song was a reference to smoking pot, but Yarrow has said, that Puff "never had any meaning other than the obvious one" and is about the "loss of innocence in children”.