Leaving, On a Jet Plane chords by John Denver


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Leaving, On a Jet Plane | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C Dsus4 D | Dsus2 D6 D7sus4 | D7 D7sus4 |
| D7sus4 D7 | D7 D7sus2 | D7 D5/A |

Verse 1

| G | C |
All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.
| G | C |
I’m standin’ here outside your door.
| G | C | D | Dsus4 D |
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye.

Verse 2

| G | C |
But the dawn is breakin’, it’s early morn.
| G | C |
The taxi’s waitin’, he’s blowin’ his horn.
| G | C | D | Dsus4 D |
Already I’m so lonesome I could die.

Chorus 1

| G | C | G | C |
So kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you’ll wait for me.
| G | C | D Dsus4 | D5 |
Hold me like you’ll never let me go.
| G | C | G | C |
‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.
| G | C | Dsus2 D | Dsus4 D | Dsus2 D | Dsus4 D |
Oh babe, I hate to go.

Verse 3

| G | C |
There’s so many times I’ve let you down.
| G | C |
So many times I’ve played around.
| G | C | D | Dsus4 D |
I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing.

Verse 4

| G | C |
Every place I go, I’ll think of you.
| G | C |
Every song I sing, I’ll sing for you.
| G | C | D | Dsus4 D |
When I come back, I’ll bring your wedding ring.

Chorus 2

| G | C | G | C |
So kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you’ll wait for me.
| G | C | D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 |
Hold me like you’ll never let me go.
| G | C | G | C |
‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.
| G | C | Dsus2 D | Dsus4 D | Dsus2 D | Dsus4 D |
Oh babe, I hate to go.

Verse 5

| G | C |
Now the time has come to leave you.
| G | C |
One more time, let me kiss you.
| G | C | D | Dsus4 D |
Then close your eyes, I’ll be on my way.

Verse 6

| G | C |
Dream about the days to come.
| G | C |
When I won’t have to leave alone.
| G | C | D | Dsus4 D |
About the times, I won’t have to say.

Chorus 3

| G | C | G | C |
Kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you’ll wait for me.
| G | C | D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 |
Hold me like you’ll never let me go.
| G | C | G | C |
‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.
| G | C | D Dsus4 | D Dsus2 |
Oh babe, I hate to go.
| G | C | G | C |
But, I’m leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.
| G | C | C ||: Dsus2 D | Dsus4 D :|| x3 | G |
Oh babe, I hate to go.



Leaving, On a Jet Plane Chords: Learn the progressions


Leaving, On a Jet Plane guitar lesson + TAB

The verse chords in Leaving, On a Jet Plane are really simple, it’s just I – IV on repeat, finish on V, like this in the key of G:

| G (I) | C (IV) | G | C |
| G | C | D (V) | Dsus4 D |

The chorus is still diatonic, although now with a more elaborate V chord, like this:

| G | C | G | C |
| G | C | D Dsus4 | D5 |
| G | C | G | C |
| G | C | Dsus2 D | Dsus4 D | Dsus2 D | Dsus4 D |

As a member, you get all the TAB you could need to play this surprisingly intricate tune. It’s especially the D chords that are varied in many ways.

Once you can play the many examples provided, you’ll be able to improvise/come up with variations on these ideas, that’s what the man himself did!

As a preview, here’s some TAB of how you could play the GC chords.

Leaving, On a Jet Plane. Chords and TAB, verse G and C.

Here’s a link to the full lesson: Leaving, On a Jet Plane – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Leaving, On A Jet Plane – The tune that made John Denver!

First released by Peter, Paul & Mary in September 1969, John Denver‘s version came the following month. Since then, he rerecorded it for his Greatest Hits album.

Most likely, Leaving, On a Jet Plane is the tune that got Denver signed as this was the best tune included in his early demos.

There are several versions available of this tune, the one I’ve focused on above is the Greatest Hits version, spelled Leaving, On a Jet Plane, not Leaving On A Jet Plane.

If you ever thought that a tune is what it is, recordings and small changes in detail don’t matter too much, comparing these two versions will change your mind.

Another example of a tune that was re-recorded and became a hit because of it is I’m So Excited which is a Disco tune, proving that this is true no matter what the genre.



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