"Leaving On A Jet Plane" as written by and John Denver....
All my bags are packed and I'm ready to go
I'm standin' here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breaking; it's early morning
The taxi's waiting he's blowing his horn
I'm ready 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
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
And tell you that 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
'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe I hate to go

Now the time is come to leave you
One more time I let me kiss you and
Close your eyes and I'll be on my way
Dream about the days to come when
I won't have to leave alone
About the times that I want 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
'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe I hate to go

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

I'm leaving on a jet plane
Leaving on a jet plane


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"Leaving On a Jet Plane" as written by John Denver

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  • +1
    General CommentI love this more than the original just because it has that modern feel to it.
    Caiton June 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'm telling you.. i know that this song is about leaving .. but to me it means so much more.. for some reason tonite it hit me.. this is my suicide song.. how i feel when i'm at that point.. saying goodbye.. bcuz i'm leaving, leaving forever.. wow.. i don't know how to really explain it.. its amazing..
    freakedupstaron August 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGo CANADIAN singer Chantal Kreviazuk
    Smartioson March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song always makes me cry

    It reminds me of my dad..
    he's never at home.. he's always on bussines trips and he leaves us for months..

    He always wakes us up to say good bye :/
    crow_hearton March 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWay better than the original. What a song!
    ben1000046on February 22, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome, I hate listening to it though because its sad..My boyfriend is moving and..well i'm just going to miss him so much so this song just kinda helps me to relate which i like.
    Princess_Sarah22on June 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never heard this song, but I know that Eve 6 and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes do a pretty good song of covering this song. But the original is always good.
    myownprison333on June 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautiful! i have a ballet solo to it and i just wanna cry everytime i get on stage to perfrom it :)
    CJsEMoCHiCon June 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOK! here is my story! I have always liked the song, the original version...when I was in high school my boyfriend and I used to run the dance show productions at the school and a dancer danced to this version of the song...he picked up on the fact that I liked it. So, last year when he was preparing to leave and live in another country for 2 years, he wrote out the lyrics to this and gave it to me the night we said goodbye. I plan to play it at my wedding. (as all our friends laugh at what goofs we are)
    jeannieon July 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love this song so much. I heard it first when i was like 7 cause me and my sis shared a room and i would ask her to sing to me at night and she would sometimes sing me this song. Then i hadn't heard it in a while and i was watching Armageddon (the best movie ever and the sadest) and I heard it on there and i was like i love this song so i went and downloaded it!!!
    sunsuxrainrulzon July 20, 2002   Link

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