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Leaving On A Jet Plane

Peter, Paul and Mary
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"Not only was war music prevalent at home it also had a large effect in Vietnam; the soldiers had their own top forty. Many of the songs they listened to had no war theme, some where about the war, and some of the songs they listened to were not meant to be about the war but the soldiers put their own connotations into the song. For example Peter Paul and Mary’s remake of "Jet Plane" originally by John Denver, was a song about going home. The soldiers would listen to this song and imagine leaving on a Jet Plane back to their homes and families."

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Questo remake di una canzone di John Denver che originariamente non parla di guerra, assume un significato diverso per i soldati americani nel Vietnam che ascoltando questa canzone immaginano di partire su un jet per tornare alle loro case e alle loro famiglie.
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', its early morn
The taxi's waiting, he's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome I could cry.

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.

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 think of you
Every song I sing, I 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.
I'm leavin' on a jet plane
I 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
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,

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.

2004/11/21 - 14:24



Language: Italian

Traduzione italiana da Fabio's Room
IN PARTENZA SU UN JET

Le mie valige sono fatte, sono pronto per partire
Sto qui fuori dalla tua porta
Detesto doverti svegliare per salutarti
Ma la luce dell'alba sta entrando, è mattina presto
Il taxi sta aspettando, già suona il clacson
Mi sento così solo che potrei piangere

Baciami e sorridi per me
Dimmi che mi aspetterai
Stringimi come se non mi dovessi mai lasciare
Perché sto per partire con un jet
Non so quando tornerò
Oh, ragazza, detesto dover andare

Così tante volte ti ho deluso
Cosi tante volte ho fatto lo stupido
Te lo dico ora, non contano nulla
Ovunque vada ti penserò
Qualsiasi canzone la canterò per te
Quando tornerò, porterò la tua fede

Baciami e sorridi per me
Dimmi che mi aspetterai
Stringimi come se non mi dovessi mai lasciare
Perché sto per partire con un jet
Non so quando tornerò
Oh, ragazza, detesto dover andare

Ora è venuto il momento di lasciarti
Fatti baciare un'altra volta
Poi chiudi gli occhi, è sarò sulla mia strada
Sogna di quando verrà il giorno
In cui non dovrò partire da solo
Il momento in cui non dovrò dire

Baciami e sorridi per me
Dimmi che mi aspetterai
Stringimi come se non mi dovessi mai lasciare
Perché sto per partire con un jet
Non so quando tornerò
Oh, ragazza, detesto dover andare

2019/3/3 - 22:10


I'm not exactly sure that the lyrics to "Leaving on Jet Plane" trigger memories of leaving Vietnam "on a jet plane"...more likely, the lyrics invoke memories of leaving "The World" "on a jet plane" to go TO Vietnam.

Thus the words: "I don't know when I'll be back again"..."When I come back I'll wear your wedding ring"..."Oh, babe, I hate to go" (why would anyone "hate to go" FROM Vietnam)?

A Vet - 2011/12/5 - 04:48


The song was repurposed with a new meaning that belied the literal lyrics. We looked forward to the "leaving on a jet plane" and the rest of the words were either ignored or reimagined to fit into the "going home" theme. We arrived and departed on civilian chartered commercial airliners flown by the contractor World Airways. The dream was the moment the plane taking us home would lift off the runway, which would be the gateway moment back to reality. Everything was surreal until then. You had to be there.

You Had to Be There to Get It - 2014/6/10 - 01:31


With all the conversations and talk about other women, has anyone thougt about the song as a man who is dying?
He he leaving on a jet plane, and when he retunes he will be waring the ring.
I may be off base. I am.just throwing in a possible alternative.

2018/4/13 - 11:07


I heard that Leaving on a Jet Plane is about a flight attendant (AKA stewardess). Flight Attendants were not allowed to be married in the 50s and 60s. The flight attendants who did marry did so secretly and would remove their wedding ring when they went to work so they wouldn't be terminated.

2018/10/15 - 03:00


I can relate I left on a jet plane out of Travis AFB to Vietnam. And can relate to that song, every time I hear that song it stirs my emotions and memories.

2019/2/11 - 01:20


If you want to relate this song to the wartime experience, it seems much more fitting as the words of a soldier to his sweetheart at the time of his departure for the front: "don't know when I'll be back again..." not his return home.

2019/3/3 - 21:59



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