Song of the Day #3,630: ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ – Peter, Paul and Mary

John Denver recorded his demo of ‘Babe, I Hate to Go’ in 1966, but the song got its first proper release a year later as ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ by Peter, Paul and Mary, appearing on their eighth album, titled Album 1700.

The trio released the song as a single two years later and wound up with their first (and only) #1 Billboard hit. For many people, this is the version of the song they know best.

As for me, I didn’t even realize Peter, Paul and Mary had recorded the song, let alone had a bigger hit with it than John Denver.

This is a nice version but, in my opinion, pales in comparison to Denver’s take. Later this week I’ll give my readers a chance to vote for their favorite.

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 baby, 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
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
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
Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh baby, I hate to go

Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh baby, I hate to go

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,630: ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ – Peter, Paul and Mary

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m more familiar with this version of the song and, while I probably favor Denver’s voice in the verses and his overall arrangement, I have always liked PP&M’s harmonization in the chorus.

  2. Peg says:

    I’m a big fan of PP&M (was my era) so I already know where my vote goes

  3. Amy says:

    I agree with you, Clay. While the chorus of this version is familiar, it’s definitely Denver’s I have always heard.

  4. Jack says:

    Peter Paul and last but not least Mary Travers

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