Song of the Day #2,659: ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ – Elle King

ele_king_exs_ohsElle King sits at Billboard’s #16 with the bawdy double entendres of ‘Ex’s & Oh’s.’ King is an L.A.-based singer and songwriter who has had moderate success since 2012 but is enjoying her first chart success with this track.

When I first Googled King, I saw a lot of returns connecting her to comedian Rob Schneider. Hollywood being how it is, I assumed she was his girlfriend. In fact, the 26-year-old is his daughter, which is both a relief and yet another reminder that I’m getting old. The “makin’ copies!” guy is 51??

This is a fun song — a grittier version of a Meghan Trainor hit. And I like that both Trainor and King play up their sexuality despite not having model-thin bodies.

Well, I had me a boy, turned him into a man
I showed him all the things that he didn’t understand
Whoa, and then I let him go

Now, there’s one in California who’s been cursing my name
‘Cause I found me a better lover in the UK
Hey, hey, until I made my getaway

One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
‘Cause I’m the best baby that they never gotta keep
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
They always wanna come, but they never wanna leave

Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all
They won’t let go
Ex’s and oh’s

I had a summer lover down in New Orleans
Kept him warm in the winter, left him frozen in the spring
My, my, how the seasons go by

I get high, and I love to get low
So the hearts keep breaking, and the heads just roll
You know that’s how the story goes

One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
‘Cause I’m the best baby that they never gotta keep
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
They always wanna come, but they never wanna leave

Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all
They won’t let go

My ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all
They won’t let go
Ex’s and oh’s

One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
Climbing over mountains and a-sailing over seas
One, two, three, they gonna run back to me
They always wanna come, but they never wanna leave

My ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all
They won’t let go

Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all
They won’t let go
Ex’s and oh’s

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,659: ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ – Elle King

  1. Dana says:

    This has come on the radio a number of times and, for whatever reason, unlike Traynor’s songs, our family hasn’t warmed up to it. Maybe it’s the distorted guitar or maybe just a bit too gritty.

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