The Thrill Is Gone

Words & Music:

Rick Ravon Darnell & Ray Hawkins


Since this is B. B. King's signature song, there are scads of versions out there just by him.  Here are the basic words & chords, including the Em-G7 variation at the beginning of the second line.  The rest is up to your imagination.  The version of this from "The Best Of B. B. King" is fully transcribed in the November 2008 issue of Guitar World and in the March 2005 issue of Guitar One.



The thrill is gone.  The thrill is gone away.

    Em7                                       Bm

The thrill is gone, baby, the thrill is gone away.

G7                         F#m7                    Bm

You know you done me wrong and you'll be sorry someday.


The thrill is gone, it's gone away from me.

The thrill is gone, it's gone away from me.

Although I will live on, but so lonely I'll be.


The thrill is gone, it's gone away for good.

Oh, the thrill is gone, baby, it's gone away for good.

I'll be over this someday, baby, like I know a good man should.


I'm free now, baby, I'm free from your spell.

Free, free, free, now, baby, I'm free from your spell.

Now, that it's all over, all I can do is wish you well.


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