Leaving On A Jet Plane

Words & Music:

John Denver


A simplified version by Chris Hemmel is given in parentheses next to the traditional chords.


AM7(4)   Bm7(2)   D   A   E   E7


       AM7(A)               Bm7(D)

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go.

    AM7(A)           Bm7(D)

I'm standing here outside your door.

  AM7(A)           F#m(D)        E    E7

I hate to wake you up to say goodbye.


But the dawn is breaking, its early morn.

The taxi's waiting, he's blowing his horn.

Already I'm so lonesome, I could die.



    A         D              A                   D

So, kiss me & smile for me.  Tell me that you'll wait for me.

A                   F#m(D)       E    E7

Hold me like you'll never let me go.

           A        D

'Cause I'm leaving, on a jet plane.

A                 D

I don't know when I'll be back again.

A   C#m(4)          Bm  E  [Hemmel subs D for C#m & Bm]

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.




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:




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