John Denver Leaving on a Jet Plane Lyrics

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All my bags are packed
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 breakin'
It's early morn
The taxi's waitin'
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 leavin' 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
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 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 leavin' 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

Oh, 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 leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

But, I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go
Original Album Classics: John Denver Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 The Love of the Common People
  • 2 Catch Another Butterfly
  • 3 Daydreams
  • 4 The Ballad of Spiro Agnew
  • 5 Circus
  • 6 When I'm Sixty-Four
  • 7 The Ballad of Richard Nixon
  • 8 Rhymes & Reasons
  • 9 Yellow Cat
  • 10 Leaving on a Jet Plane
  • 11 (You Dun Stomped) My Heart
  • 12 My Old Man
  • 13 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
  • 14 Today Is the First Day of the Rest of My Life (Sugacity)
  • 15 Rusty Green
  • 16 Take Me to Tomorrow (early version)
    CD 2
  • 1 Starwood in Aspen
  • 2 Everyday
  • 3 Casey's Last Ride
  • 4 City of New Orleans
  • 5 Friends With You
  • 6 60 Second Song for a Bank, With the Phrase "May We Help You Today?"
  • 7 Blow Up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream)
  • 8 All of My Memories
  • 9 She Won't Let Me Fly Away
  • 10 Readjustment Blues
  • 11 The Eagle and the Hawk
  • 12 Tools
    CD 3
  • 1 Rocky Mountain High
  • 2 Mother Nature's Son
  • 3 Paradise
  • 4 For Baby (For Bobbie)
  • 5 Darcy Farrow
  • 6 Prisoners
  • 7 Goodbye Again
  • 8 Season Suite - Summer
  • 9 Season Suite: Fall
  • 10 Season Suite: Winter
  • 11 Season Suite: Late Winter, Early Spring (When Everybody Goes to Mexico)
  • 12 Season Suite: Spring
    CD 4
  • 1 I'd Rather Be a Cowboy (Lady's Chains)
  • 2 Berkeley Woman
  • 3 Please Daddy
  • 4 Angels From Montgomery
  • 5 River of Love
  • 6 Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights in Canada)
  • 7 Whiskey Basin Blues
  • 8 Sweet Misery
  • 9 Zachary and Jennifer
  • 10 We Don't Live Here No More
  • 11 Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)
    CD 5
  • 1 Back Home Again
  • 2 On the Road
  • 3 Grandma's Feather Bed
  • 4 Matthew
  • 5 Thank God I'm a Country Boy
  • 6 The Music Is You
  • 7 Annie's Song
  • 8 It's Up to You
  • 9 Cool an' Green an' Shady
  • 10 Eclipse
  • 11 Sweet Surrender
  • 12 This Old Guitar
  • 13 Matthew (alternate version)
  • 14 This Old Guitar (alternate take)


  • Written by: John Denver
    Lyrics © Alfred, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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