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Leaving On A Jet Plane
Peter Paul & Mary Lyrics


All my bags are packed,
I'm ready to go
I'm standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye

But the dawn is breakin'
It's early morn
The taxi's waitin'
He's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome
I could cry

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
I'm leavin' on a jet plane
I Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

There's so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I tell you now, they don't mean a thing

Every place I go, I'll think of you
Every song I sing, I'll sing for you
When I come back, I'll wear your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
I'm leavin' on a jet plane
I Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time
Let me kiss you
Then close your eyes
I'll be on my way

Dream about the days to come
When I won't have to leave alone
About the times, I won't have to say

Kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
I'm leavin' on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Leavin' on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Leavin' on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe I hate to go

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Written by: John Denver

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Jo Rae Perkins

This is the truth about this song. "...Denver’s inspiration for writing this song is clear, and being put simply, is a song about the difficult choice of whether or not to leave his loved one behind in order to pursue his career.

As a result of being the child of a military family, Denver spent the majority of his childhood moving from place to place. Likewise, attempting to make his way in life as a professional musician, Denver was forced to travel and live cross country, bouncing back and forth between lives and relationships that he had established. In his song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” Denver sings about the difficulties that come with never being able to establish himself in one specific area and his longing for a permanent home. In addition, the song was inspired by Denver’s wife, Annie. Denver describes Annie as being the one person who finally grounded him in his life, and he felt that wherever she was, that was truly his home.

With this in mind, leaving behind the one place that he felt he truly belonged triggered many destructive behaviors in Denver involving affairs, alcohol abuse, and drug dependency. In spite of all of his flaws, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” was written and recorded as one last-ditch effort to save his relationship with Annie, his only true sense of foundation. In his song, Denver sings,

“There’s so many times I’ve let you down, So many times I’ve played around. I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing. Ev’ry place I go, I’ll think of you, Ev’ry song I sing, I’ll sing for you, When I come back, I’ll wear your wedding ring.”

John Denver 2In this straightforward plea, Denver forwardly admits to not being the best husband that he could be, but wants Annie to know that he will change everything in his life if only he can be with her. Without her, his life, as flawed and feeble as it may be, is entirely lost.

Interestingly enough, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” was actually never intended for the public audience. John Denver himself personally recorded the song and published it with his own money, distributing a select number of albums to only his closest family and friends. It was n'ot until the song was accidently released and performed by multiple cover bands, including the group Peter, Paul & Mary, that Denver actually began to preform and sell his unintentional hit.

Ultimately, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” can be credited as one of Denver’s first truly successful hits as an artist and was a leading force behind his popularity as a singer. Ironically enough, the revenue generated from this song about travel, love, and inconsistency was finally enough to allow Denver to purchase a permanent house of his own, finally a place that he could label, “Home.” https://sites.psu.edu/agk5123/2014/09/15/leaving-on-a-jet-plane/



Aurélio Bastos

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go
I'm standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin', it's early morn
The taxi's waiting, he's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome I could cry

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
I'm leavin' on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

There's so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I tell you now, they don't mean a thing
Every place I go, I think of you
Every song I sing, I sing for you
When I come back, I'll wear your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
I'm leavin' on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time let me kiss you
Then close your eyes, I'll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won't have to leave alone
About the times, I won't have to say

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
I'm leavin' on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go



Aurélio Bastos

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go.
I'm standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say Goodbye

But the dawn is breaking it's early morn
The taxi's waiting he's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'cause I'm leaving on a Jet Plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe I hate to go

There's so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I tell you now they don't mean a thing

Everyplace I go I'll think of you
Every song I sing I'll sing for you
When I come back I'll wear your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'cause I'm leaving on a Jet Plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe I hate to go

Well the time has come to leave you
One more time let me kiss you
Then close your eyes and I'll be on my way

Dream about the days to come
When I won't have to leave you alone
About the times I won't have to say Goodbye

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'cause I'm leaving on a Jet Plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe I hate to go



All comments from YouTube:

World of Gidget

If there was a song that represented all the young men heading to Viet Nam this one was it. America owes you a long overdue Thank you.

Phyllis Highsmith

My husband and I were newly weds Aug 1969 in December 1969 I was 18 he was 20 I dropped him off in Oakland Ca that was the song that was playing as he walked away to board the plane to Vietnam.

He came home one year later, we bought a home raised 4 kids have 8 grandchildren and this year Aug 2021 we will be married 52 years!
This song has always meant so much to me, and so many others from at era!

Tom

World of Gidget “Viet Nam”? Classic!

Jo Rae Perkins

This is the truth about this song. "...Denver’s inspiration for writing this song is clear, and being put simply, is a song about the difficult choice of whether or not to leave his loved one behind in order to pursue his career.

As a result of being the child of a military family, Denver spent the majority of his childhood moving from place to place. Likewise, attempting to make his way in life as a professional musician, Denver was forced to travel and live cross country, bouncing back and forth between lives and relationships that he had established. In his song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” Denver sings about the difficulties that come with never being able to establish himself in one specific area and his longing for a permanent home. In addition, the song was inspired by Denver’s wife, Annie. Denver describes Annie as being the one person who finally grounded him in his life, and he felt that wherever she was, that was truly his home.

With this in mind, leaving behind the one place that he felt he truly belonged triggered many destructive behaviors in Denver involving affairs, alcohol abuse, and drug dependency. In spite of all of his flaws, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” was written and recorded as one last-ditch effort to save his relationship with Annie, his only true sense of foundation. In his song, Denver sings,

“There’s so many times I’ve let you down, So many times I’ve played around. I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing. Ev’ry place I go, I’ll think of you, Ev’ry song I sing, I’ll sing for you, When I come back, I’ll wear your wedding ring.”

John Denver 2In this straightforward plea, Denver forwardly admits to not being the best husband that he could be, but wants Annie to know that he will change everything in his life if only he can be with her. Without her, his life, as flawed and feeble as it may be, is entirely lost.

Interestingly enough, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” was actually never intended for the public audience. John Denver himself personally recorded the song and published it with his own money, distributing a select number of albums to only his closest family and friends. It was n'ot until the song was accidently released and performed by multiple cover bands, including the group Peter, Paul & Mary, that Denver actually began to preform and sell his unintentional hit.

Ultimately, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” can be credited as one of Denver’s first truly successful hits as an artist and was a leading force behind his popularity as a singer. Ironically enough, the revenue generated from this song about travel, love, and inconsistency was finally enough to allow Denver to purchase a permanent house of his own, finally a place that he could label, “Home.” https://sites.psu.edu/agk5123/2014/09/15/leaving-on-a-jet-plane/

Airbrush Ken

I was waiting for my flight to Vietnam with about 160 GI's and this dude played his hollow body and sang this song. I had left my wife and child at Metro Airport and was waiting at Ft Lewis, WA. My youth was lost, but I still remember those feelings... thanks.

jack prescott

Thank you for your service.

William Ploof

Thank you for your service. Vietnam Vets are many time forgotten...

R. Antonio

@Airbrush Ken
My father was a Marine in the Korean War. He passed on Sept 11, 2012. I miss him everyday. If you need someone to chat with I'm here. God Bless

Airbrush Ken

@R. Antonio I was the lucky one... the 101st Airborne inf units averaged 330 days in combat in 12 months. WWII American Vets Averaged around 40 days in the entire war. I've been exposed along with my whole "strike force team" to Dixon poisoning (Agent Orange) I've fought off 5 medical conditions directly related (according to the VA) Agent Orange. Including cancer, and my heart. I have two disabled sons born after the war. I live the war every day. Thanks for your kindness.

R. Antonio

Sounds like the beginning of a Oliver Stone flick. Glad you came back.

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