If you saw the film Armageddon, you may remember the crew of the shuttle singing this beauty! The late, great John Denver wrote it in 1966 under the title "Oh Babe I Hate To Go" but it became a #1 hit for Peter, Paul & Mary in 1969. Here's your Leaving on a Jet Plane guitar lesson!

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

    G                 C
I'm standing here outside the door

    G              C              D
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye.

        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
Already I'm so lonesome I could die.

           G            C
        So kiss me and smile for me,

        G                    C
        Tell me that you'll wait for me,

        G                 C          D
        Hold me like you never let me go.

                   G       C
        'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane,

        G               C              G
        Don't know when I'll be back again.

            Em              D
        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 sing for you.
When I come back I'll bring your wedding ring.

        So kiss me ...

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.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

José María Moreno March 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Great!!!!! I´m 57 and learning to play guitar…thanks Jackson for this chance to play the songs I grew up listening to.


admin March 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Glad you’re playing Jose … thanks for the kind words!


Andy FLA May 4, 2012 at 2:22 PM

As a older guitar novice, I enjoy your instruction very much..,,especially when you sing  and play!


admin May 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Thanks so much Andy … I like you already!


Steve April 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I have only been playing for 12 months at the age of 52. I find your lessons so easy to follow and to understand.Keep the songs coming and thank you so much Jackson.


admin April 18, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Thanks kindly Steve!


Prakhyat Proton Borah July 12, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Thank you very much!!!! This is brilliant!!


william duff June 7, 2017 at 2:03 AM

Great website. Loving it. 

Started playing guitar when I was 15 but never took it seriously enough to become any good at all was still only learning chords.  I'm now 48 and taking it really seriously but remembering to have fun. Thanks guys. 


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