heuristicsinc (heuristicsinc) wrote,

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#359: Peter, Paul and Mary: "Leaving on a Jet Plane"

Comp: origami ?
Genre: folk
Spotify: Leaving on a Jet Plane

My wife said she was singing this one all evening, so I figure that's as good a reason to pick a particular song as any. I love the smoothness of the vocal delivery in this song. The voices work together in harmony, like the best folk songs. The chorus picks it up in just the right ways too. The song was originally written by John Denver, who was going to name it "Oh, Babe, I Hate To Go" but more reasonable heads prevailed. The first verse is probably the best:

"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 breakin', it's early morn
The taxi's waiting, he's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome I could cry"

Then there's the beautiful 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
I'm leavin' on a jet plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go"

The second verse gets into apologizing for fooling around, which doesn't hold the story as well for me, but the chorus repetition brings it back well.
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