Song Lyric Sunday — Hold, Thrill, Kiss

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has asked us to feature a song that contains lyrics of Embrace, Hug, or Kiss. I decided to feature an oldie-goldie, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” recoded by Mel Carter.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” was written by Harry Noble and originally performed by Karen Chandler in 1952. It has been re-recorded several times since then, the most notable cover being by Mel Carter in 1965. Gloria Estefan also recorded it in 1994. Carter’s version spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 8, while reaching number 1 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart.

This song is about a guy in the throes of his first real romance. Everyone tells the infatuated singer not to get carried away by his emotions but he ignores them, begging his girl with the title refrain.

Carter was initially skeptical about recording the love song. When he first heard it he hated it, but his producer, Phil Schaff, persuaded Carter to record it, and it winded up becoming Mel Carter’s signature song.

Here are the lyrics to “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.”

Hold me, hold me
And never let me go until you've told me, told me
What I want to know and then just hold me, hold me
Make me tell you I'm in love with you

Thrill me (thrill me), thrill me (thrill me)
Walk me down the lane where shadows
Will be (will be) will be (will be)
Hiding lovers just the same as we'll be, we'll be
When you make me tell you I love you

They told me "Be sensible with your new love"
"Don't be fooled, thinking this is the last you'll find"
But they never stood in the dark with you, love
When you take me in your arms
And drive me slowly out of my mind

Kiss me (kiss me), kiss me (kiss me)
And when you do, I'll know that you
Will miss me (miss me), miss me (miss me)
If we ever say "Adieu", so kiss me, kiss me
Make me tell you I'm in love with you

(Kiss me) Kiss me, (kiss me) kiss me
When you do, I'll know that you will
Miss me (miss me), miss me (miss me)
If we ever say "Adieu" so kiss me, kiss me
Make me tell you I'm in love with you

(Hold me, thrill me)
Never, never, never let me go (Hold me, thrill me)
never, never, never let me go (Hold me, thrill me)
never, never, never let me go

And for those of you who are interested, here’s Gloria Estefan’s cover of the song.

20 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Hold, Thrill, Kiss

  1. Nope, Not Pam October 30, 2022 / 3:46 am

    I’ve heard this song, never knew who sung it though

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    • Fandango October 30, 2022 / 7:04 am

      Wow, Billie Holiday. You really engaged the Wayback Machine for this one!

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      • The Sicilian Storyteller October 30, 2022 / 7:19 am

        I sure did! Little personal anecdote. Billie is buried in St. Raymond’s Cemetery in The Bronx, NY … three gravesites down from my parents. Her headstone is plain and unobtrusive but people come every day and leave tokens of their affection and admiration for this supremely talented and terribly haunted soul. She was incredible and I adore her work.

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  2. willowdot21 October 30, 2022 / 4:11 am

    Brilliant choice, I never knew that Gloria Estafan that’s what I love about this challenge always something new to learn 💜💜

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  3. donmatthewspoetry October 30, 2022 / 4:36 am

    Gosh Fan. Mel sent me to sleep……..

    Woke up with a start to Gloria…….

    I wanted to reach into my screen…..

    and hold her, and satisfy her every need…….

    She said no Don. You’re on the wrong side of the screen. Sorry………

    Can’t win Fan…..

    Maybe she don’t like Aussies……

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    • Fandango October 30, 2022 / 7:05 am

      Perhaps it was because you were reaching for her down under.

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      • donmatthewspoetry October 30, 2022 / 7:22 am

        Clever……I’m not that sort of boy. I know where my hands should and shouldn’t go…….learnt from bitter experience Fan

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  4. newepicauthor October 30, 2022 / 7:05 am

    I did not know Mel Carter, but this is a wonderful song. Gloria did a great cover and I like her version better. Thanks for sharing this classic today, Fandango.

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  5. Lady A October 30, 2022 / 5:08 pm

    Our thoughts were aligned for this theme.

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    • Fandango November 3, 2022 / 9:48 pm

      I actually didn’t know about Gloria Estefan’s cover either until I did my research for this post.


  6. leigha66 November 9, 2022 / 2:57 pm

    Never heard Gloria’s version before, it’s good but I prefer the original still.

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