"The Thrill Is Gone" as written by Roy Hawkins and Rick R. Darnell....
The thrill is gone
The thrill is gone away
The thrill is gone, baby
The thrill is gone away
You know you done me wrong, baby
And you'll be sorry someday

The thrill is gone
It's gone away from me
The thrill is gone, baby
The thrill is gone away from me
Although, I'll still live on
But so lonely I'll be

The thrill is gone
It's gone away for good
All the thrill is gone
Baby, it's gone away for good
Someday I know I'll be open-armed baby
Just like I know, I know I should

You know, I'm free, free now, baby
I'm free from your spell
Oh, free, free, free now, baby
I'm free from your spell
And now that it's all over
All that I can do is wish you well


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"The Thrill Is Gone" as written by Ray Henderson Lew Brown

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    General CommentThe main repetitive line (the thrill is gone) means that any positive emotion is any positive emotion has left their relationship. Thrill being happiness, social fun, sex or any number of things.

    First callback: He felt hurt or betrayed by an action - cheating, or perhaps just allowing the relationship to disintegrate through boredom. He also feels that eventually she'll miss him, or he'll be an example of her failure through his future attempts at finding a working relationship.

    Second Callback: He does still have positive feelings and memories of her, but he has to live without her, despite his instincts to the contrary, or at the very least, instincts for social validation and liveliness

    Third Callback: He feels too hurt to try and break the loneliness from verse 2, and hopes with time that all the negative feelings holding him back will be suppressed for another try at romance

    Final Verse: He feels relieved that all the things preventing him from leaving her are over, but at the same time, he feels like it's the mature thing to do to let her go, wish her good luck on her future endevours and all that, even though in the first verse he was clearly resenting her. Perhaps his emotional state has changed...anger, sadness, acceptance...

    Overall, the song is about a man coming to terms with a toxic relationship. Perfect song.
    samizdatgnosticon May 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbest song ever, not only does it make me think of break-ups but also how everyone can damage me and how these days I sometimes feel that the thrill of life is gone.
    dark_eyez_666on October 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentb.b. king is truely the king
    RedRavenon September 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the way he sings "I'm free, free now"
    farouhkon October 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBB King is the father of Memphis Blues....hands down. This song is telling his last love that "Hey, its over" and "there is no spark anymore" I love the way he throws this in:

    You know you done me wrong baby
    And you'll be sorry someday

    To the cheatin' bitches out there....you will pay for your actions one day! Great tune BB!
    Bubba Jankon December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA great blues song about moving on after a breakup and going through the stages of emotions. I love the strings, I've never heard strings in a blues song before.
    JoeWhoon June 04, 2009   Link

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