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Thread #61664 Message #1304886
Posted By: Cool Beans
23-Oct-04 - 01:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Puff the Magic Dragon Happy Ending
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Puff Magic Dragon Happy Ending
I, too, love the intelligence and fervor of this debate.
There's something instinctual about revisionism, isn't there, about the desire to change literature, even reality, to slap on a happy ending and put on a happy face. In centuries past, Shakespeare was a target; Serious playwrights put happy endings on "Romeo and Juliet" and "King Lear." Ugh!
My beloved ex-wife hated that Mr. Bojangles' dog "up and died" (that song is sad enough) and would change that verse whenever she sang it.I can't remember, though, what alterations she wrought to make it OK.
Sing your songs any way you want, but appreciate that there's value in melancholy, longing, and desires unfulfillled. As Shelley wrote in "To a Skylark" (1819), "Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoght."