Billy Joel Royal's song, written by Joe South, Down in the Boondocks popularized the term "boondocks" in 1960s. Prior to the release of the song, the term was relatively obscure, first introduced to English by soldiers fighting in the Philippine–American War (1899-1902).
"One of the dangers of a song like “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” is its complete acceptance by children. A recent album of children’s songs included it. There was even a cartoon based on the characters in the song. It is another example of how something which appears innocent and wholesome is used to twist minds and entrap lives."