Quick! Don’t think, just answer. The song Puff, the Magic Dragon: a happy song or sad song? I’ve been asking that question for years. With rare exception, folks hum a few bars, and say “Happy song.”Puff, the Magic Dragon is, from start to finish, a tragedy. It is the story of a culture that requires little boys to sacrifice their imagination as the necessary price for becoming a man. And, what becomes of men, separated from their imaginations? It’s not good. Life has fewer dimensions. Less vitality.