Three chords and the truth. That’s all you need. So it is with John Denver’s classic.
The original recording is in G, but it’s SO easy in C that I had to just use it instead. If you want to transpose: C = G, F = C, G7 = D7.
This is a perfect song for beginning players that I often teach in basic lessons. It’s also a great challenge for more advanced players to try and figure out the chords by ear.
Rhymes and Reasons
C F All my bags are packed I'm ready to go C F I'm standing here outside your door C F G7 I hate to wake you up to say goodbye C F But the dawn is breaking it's early morn C F The taxi's waitin' he's blownin' his horn C F G7 Already I'm so lonesome I could die Chorus: C F So kiss me and smile for me C F Tell me that you'll wait for me C F G7 Hold me like you'll never let me go C F Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane C F Don't know when I'll be back again C F G7 Oh, babe I hate to go C F There's is many times I've let you down C F So many time I've played around C F G7 I tell you now they don't mean a thing C F Every place I go I'll think of you C F Every song I sing I'll sing for you C F G7 When I come back I'll bring your wedding ring Chorus> C F Now the time come to leave you C F One more time let me kiss you C F G7 Then close your eyes I'll be on my way C F Dream about the days to come C F When I won't have to leave alone C F G7 About the times I won't have to say Chorus>