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Ricky Montgomery - Mr Loverman

[Verse 1]
I'm headed straight for the floor
The alcohol's served its tour
And it's headed straight for my skin
Leaving me daft and dim

[Verse 2]
I've got this shake in my legs
Shaking the thoughts from my head
But who put these waves in the door?
I crack and out
I pour

I'm Mr. Loverman
And I miss my lover, man
I'm Mr. Loverman
Oh, and I miss my lover

The ways in which you talk to me
Have me wishing I were gone
The ways that you say my name
Have me running on and on
Oh, I'm cramping up, I'm cramping up
But you're cracking up, you're cracking up

"Mr Loverman" was released on April 6th, 2016. The song is about Montgomery’s father dealing with the loss/break-up of his partner using alcohol and questioning himself. Throughout the song, the man refers to himself as “Mr Loverman” as he defines himself as a lover; he has lost his identity as any other being and now feels incomplete. In summer 2020, “Mr Loverman” resurfaced in popularity and went viral on TikTok. The song was also tied in with the anime, "Banana Fish", which follows the relationship between Ash Lynx, a teenage gang leader in New York City, and Eiji Okumura, a Japanese photographer’s assistant. On November 5th, the long-awaited music video for “Mr Loverman” was released. Montgomery gave thanks to many people who have helped him with the song and his music. He also included Ricky Montgomery fans, The Honeysticks fans, Gay TikTok, and Anime fans. As a response to the viral hit, Montgomery has returned to his solo project with releases set for the end of 2020. "Hi this is Ricky. This song is about my dad’s issues with alcoholism and closeted bisexuality, neither of which he dealt with before his death. He chronically cheated on his partners, as well. It’s an exploration of what was going through his head, and how it influences my own life so long after his death. I quit drinking around the time that this song came out, and didn’t drink at all from age 21-24. Lots of the songs on this album deal with cyclic abuse in families, a theme that continues into the rest of my work. Ultimately, it’s a celebration of sexual fluidity, a rejection of binary, and the lifelong struggle to cope with the problems we inherit from our parents (whether that means alcoholism, sexual confusion, violent urges, etc). I don’t mind when folks think this song is about gay yearning – in many ways it is – but that’s not all it’s about. I don’t think I’ve ever written a song that was about just one thing."

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