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Puff the Magic Dragon

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Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul and Mary (3)
 Capo 2nd Fret - 4/4 Time
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Suggested Picking Pattern: (Travis Pick)
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      _   _   _
   | | | | | | |
e|-*-------*-----|
B|-----*-------*-|
G|---------------|
D|-*-*---*---*---|
A|-*-----*-------|
E|-*-----*-------|
   |     |
  Root note of the chord

Examples:
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   G                 C                 D7
      _   _   _         _   _   _         _   _   _
   | | | | | | |     | | | | | | |     | | | | | | |
e|-3-------3-----| |-0-------0-----| |-2-------2-----| 
B|-----0-------0-| |-----1-------1-| |-----1-------1-| 
G|---------------| |---------------| |---2-------2---|  
D|---0-------0---| |---2-------2---| |-0-----0-------| 
A|---------------| |-3-----3-------| |---------------| 
E|-3-----3-------| |---------------| |---------------|



Intro: G  Bm  C  G  C+g  [G Em]  [A7 D7] G


Verse:
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G               Bm     C            G
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
    C+g              [G      Em]      A7          D7  
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,
G             Bm    C                 G
Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff,
    C+g                     [G      Em]     [A7   D7]   [G   D7]   
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff. Oh


Chorus:
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G               Bm     C            G
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
    C+g             [G      Em]       A7          D7
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,
G               Bm     C            G
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
    C+g             [G      Em]       [A          D7]      G             
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.


Verse:
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Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail
Jackie kept a lookout perched on Puff’s gigantic tail,
Noble kings and princes would bow whenever they came,
Pirate ships would lower their flags when Puff roared out his name. oh!

Chorus


Verse:
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Dragon lives forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant things 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.


Verse:
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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, he slipped into his cave. oh!

Chorus
        
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Puff the Magic Dragon

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Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul and Mary
Puff the Magic Dragon

Puff the Magic Dragon is a song written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, and made popular by Yarrow's group Peter, Paul and Mary in a 1963 recording. The song achieved great popularity.

The lyrics for "Puff, the Magic Dragon" were based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton, a 19-year-old Cornell University student. Lipton was inspired by an Ogden Nash poem titled "Custard the Dragon", about a "realio, trulio little pet dragon."

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 fictional land of Honalee.

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Adder: Cindy Green [ BigGreenC ]
Date: 7/13/2012
Updated: 1/29/2021
Audio: BigGreenC's Music Library
Rated: (3)
Views: 1282
MyTab: 618 downloads
Genre: Folk