“Line Without a Hook” by Ricky Montgomery
Ricky Montgomery’s “Line Without a Hook” is a rather-complicated love song of the ‘I want you back’ variety. For on top of being highly-metaphorical, it is not simply the case of a man lamenting over a love lost in the traditional sorry fashion. But the singer also does a fair amount of introspective analysis. And it becomes pretty obvious via the lyrics that he understands that he has self-esteem issues which are affecting his romance. That is to say that he sounds like a dude who is well aware that he has found a special lady alright.
But his aforementioned wanting self-image makes him feel as if he is not good enough for her. Indeed the title of this track points to the fact that he perceives himself as a man still in development, who may not be quite ready to handle the love of a woman. And this is manifest in the reality that even though he cares for her deeply, he has said things to her which have perhaps permanently damaged their relationship.
Writing and Release of “Line Without a Hook”
This song was written by Ricky Montgomery, an artist who is originally from L.A. And the other co-writer is Jon Heisserer.
The official release date of “Line Without a Hook” was on 8 April 2016. It is one of tracks featured on Ricky Montgomery’s debut album, which itself is entitled Montgomery Ricky.
Who really is Ricky Montgomery?
He is an American singer who first earned popularity on the now-defunct app, Vine, gaining at least 180,000 followers before the app discontinued in 2016. He is best noted for his 2016 hit tracks namely:
- Line Without a Hook
- Mr. Loverman
- This December
He grew up with his father, a gaffer and his mother a teacher, along with his sister. At age 14, he moved together with his mother to St.Louis where he started playing with bands around the West St. Louis County. Some of the bands he released songs with include Henry On The Run, Carpathia, and Adversary In Arms.
In 2014, he released his first EP titled Caught On The Moon. The EP was later extended into his first full album titled Montgomery Ricky. He released his second album The Honeysticks in 2018 and a single titled Cars in 2020.
On the Vine app, he shared video collaborations with popular Vine stars including Will McFadden and J. Cyrus. Some of his most popular Vines were captioned “This Vine is Rated R for Foul Language and Bad Hair” and “World’s Worst Friend Gets a Phone Call”. Rick has gone on to build a large following of about 90,000 people on his Instagram page, and more than 471,000 TikTok followers as at the time of this writing.
According to the Lyrics of “Line Without a Hook”, Ricky implies his self esteem issues is affecting his relationship. Can self-esteem issues really affect a romantic union?
Yes! There is no doubt that the basis of every relationship, including romantic relationships is the one you first have with yourself. Most often we relate to people based on our personal sense of ourselves, and the value we place on ourselves. Self-esteem plays a major role in each relationship and can definitely affect romantic affairs either positively or negatively.
People with healthy self-esteem generally tend to feel positive about their abilities and approach life in a more optimistic manner. They are able to for instance translate this into their relationships hence maintaining the romantic bliss. Having a better image of oneself also means that they can easily enjoy and improve on their sex life, resolve conflicts clearly, support and understand each other in the pursuit of their unique goals.
On the other hand, a person with self esteem issues such as low self-esteem, self-doubt, body dysmorphia, perfectionism among others will not enjoy their romantic relationship as much due to the psychological barriers they may have placed on themselves. Persons with negative self esteem at times try too hard to protect their relationships because they view it as their entire world. Due to this they end up backing down easily, asking for forgiveness and taking responsibility when they shouldn’t. Partners might also find their chronic indecisiveness and self-defeat in the face of difficult situations repulsive.