LEAVING ON A JET PLANE

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LEAVING ON A JET PLANE

 

“Leaving on a Jet Plane” is a song written by John Denver in 1966 and most famously recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. The original title of the song was “Babe, I Hate to Go” but Denver’s then producer Milt Okun convinced him to change the title.

The song was initially recorded in 1966 by Denver for his album John Denver Sings. That same year, he chose this song along with fifteen others and, with his own money, had 250 copies pressed onto vinyl. He distributed the copies to friends and family. Vocal group Peter, Paul and Mary were so impressed with the song that they chose to record it themselves and released it on their 1967 Album 1700. However, it didn’t become a hit for them until they released it as a single in 1969.

It turned out to be Peter, Paul and Mary’s biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The song also spent three weeks atop the easy listening chart and was used in commercials for United Airlines in the late 1970s. The song also topped the charts in Canada, and reached #2 in both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart in February 1970.

John Denver recorded a version of the song for his debut solo album, Rhymes & Reasons, and re-recorded it in 1973 for John Denver’s Greatest Hits. His version was featured in the end credits of The Guard.

 

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 good-bye.

But the dawn is breaking, it’s early morn, the taxi’s waiting He’s blowing 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.

Every place I go I’ll think of you, every song I sing I’ll sing for you,

when I come back, I’ll bring 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.

 

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.

‘Cause I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh, babe, I hate to go.

I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh, babe, I hate to go.