Song of the Day #3,633: ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ – Gail Sophicha

I want to dedicate a full week to ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane,’ but I’ve run out of official releases, so today I leave you with a cover version by 8-year-old Thai YouTuber Gail Sophicha.

One last fun fact about this song: In the late 80s, New Order released a song called ‘Run’ which they later remixed for a 12″ single titled ‘Run 2.’ Either John Denver or his publishing company (depending on which source you read) believed ‘Run 2’ closely resembled ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ in parts. They successfully sued, preventing the re-release of the single and earning Denver songwriting credit on the track.

I’ve checked out a lot of these copyright claims and find some more obvious than others (the recent Lana Del Rey/Radiohead example was pretty blatant) but I don’t hear this one at all. Listen to ‘Run 2’ for yourself and let me know if you think Denver should be credited.

Now, a poll:

[Verse 1]
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 goodbye
But the dawn is breaking, it’s early morn
The taxi’s waiting, he’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome I could die

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 2]
There’s so many times I 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

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 3]
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

[Chorus]
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

[Outro]
I’m leaving on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,633: ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ – Gail Sophicha

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Talented eight year old.

    As for the lawsuit, I hear the elements of Denver’s song, most obviouslly in the first instrumental, but in the chord structure throughout as well, but there’s no way I think it is so similar so as to deserve songwriting credit for Denver. That’s a BS lawsuit for the estate to pursue, but I guess they got some Judge, who was probably a Denver fan, to buy in.

  2. Ryozo says:

    Hajimemasite!(English is not my mother tongue. It would be nice if you point out and correct my mistakes sometimes.)
    I vote for PPM version from my memories.
    Local radio stations were often playing the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, when I started learning English as a junior high school kid at a public school in Tokyo. It was also the time after the American folk music revival. I bought a 45-rpm record coupling the Puff and the Blowin’ in the Wind. I also went to the Peter Paul & Mary concert in Shibuya to realize their live performance was much better than the ones recorded in the vinyl. I was only fifteen then.
    Popular music is very authentic as English learning materials but the problem is it’s not that easy to comprehend, linguistically and culturally. On that point, John Denver seemed to be relatively easy to understand. It might be a shallow impression from lack of the frame of reference, though. It happens all the time.
    Leaving on a jet plane is one of the few songs I can sing from memory. PPM sounds a little bit urbanized while John Denver sounds plain and simple, which reminds me of his performance in the movie “Oh, God!” based on the novel by Avery Corman. RIP.

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