Kindergarten Prayers

by STREAKING IN TONGUES

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EJ Olsen The pure, authentic spirit behind STREAKING IN TONGUES merits the band more attention than they currently receive. It’s long and sometimes tedious, but Kindergarten Prayers is avant-garde and anti-folk at their best. Favorite track: Cash Register Gospel (Rope Burn).
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1.
The Holy Spirit Comes at Recess (R. Ferguson)
2.
Everyone Who Ever Cared (R. Ferguson) ooooooooooooh… da da da da da… i think i can i think i can i’ll crawl until i learn to stand and hold myself up with a chair and stand alone if no one’s there back n forth which way is north? and where’s the road that leads me home? it’s getting cold a fire’s there and everyone who ever cared
3.
Little Country Boy (R. Ferguson) a little country boy headed nowhere a little country boy like me… God look down on a little country boy God look down on me… a little country boy over the sea… sit in my saddle every time it gets better…
4.
I Was a Fool Before You Were Born (R. Ferguson) there’s a road that i know that’s paved in blood and fool’s gold and it’s long and it’s cold hell i was a fool before you were born i was a fool before you were ever born and all these things that i’ve done they’re written down somewhere in stone stained in my teeth stitched in my bone some of these things i’ve outgrown but some of these things i just can’t shake like the things that cause my shame hell i was a fool before you were born i was a fool before you were ever born oh my son i’ve been fooled yeah i was fooled just like you yeah i been fooled fooled before hell i was fooled long before hell i was a fool before you were born i was a fool before you were ever born i was a fool before you were born i was a fool before you were ever born
5.
Kindergarten Prayer #1 (R. Ferguson) “A Day in the Life of a Scarecrow” by Elliott Ferguson He sees grass. And there was a bug in the grass. He sees trees. There is a bird in the trees. He sees clouds and it was fun for him. He sees a crow and a sun. He feels happy. He likes that. It was very fun for him.
6.
There Goes My Head (R. Ferguson) there’s some dream written all over my face and there’s some thoughts always taking up space and there’s my head worrying again left to myself i’d probably say i was alright left to myself i’d probably say i was doing fine but i’m so full of shit i believe it most of the time but i gotta die i gotta die i gotta die
7.
Field of Pineapples (R. Ferguson) my teeth have always been real real good to me my teeth remain reliable to this day under the sheets and my teeth have always got a good word from the Lord for me oh oh my teeth oh oh my teeth oh oh my teeth feel like they’re running through a field of pineapples… my teeth feel like they’re running through a field… of pineapples pineapples pineapples pineapples my teeth feel like they’re running through a field of pineapples… my teeth feel like they’re running through a field… of pineapples pineapples pineapples pineapples my teeth have always been real real good to me my teeth remain reliable to this day under the sheets and my teeth have always got a good word from the Lord for me oh oh my teeth oh oh my teeth
8.
Boy in a Garbage Bag (R. Ferguson) once when i was a boy in a garbage bag i jumped i jumped i damn near broke my ass then i climbed on the neighbor’s roof and she said son you’re not bulletproof and i said mam mam you didn’t know my dad he could knock ya down with the palm of his hand and my mom could throw ya to the moon but i i jumped too soon oh no i i was a fool so if you think of flying well i don’t i don’t really know
9.
Kindergarten Prayer #2 (R. Ferguson) monkeys and men monkeys and men monkeys and men and girls and goo i’m everywhere i’m all around monkeys and boyzzzz… i’m everywhere i’m all all around even Charles Darwin (had to go to school) why’s the sky blue? (you gotta go to school) and why’s the goo green? (you gotta go to school) to be like Mr. Stephen Hawking (man you gotta go to school) you gotta go to school…and find out for yourself you gotta go to school man you gotta go to school you gotta go to school and find out for yourself write your name write your name write your name 10,000 times i’m everywhere i’m all around write your name… i’m everywhere i’m all all around The Crucible (you gotta go to school) Edgar Allan Poe (you gotta go to school) the semicolon blues (you gotta go to school) you’re a hungry little learner (and you gotta go to school) you gotta go to school…and find out for yourself you gotta go to school man you gotta go to school you gotta go to school and find out for yourself
10.
Whistle While You (Busy Work) (R. Ferguson)
11.
Kindergarten Daze (R. Ferguson) the wheels on the bus go round and round round and round round and round
12.
Young Again 01:26
Young Again (R. Ferguson) my friends are all wasted the good Lord is dead oh to be young again… pass me the wine brother break me the bread oh to be young again…
13.
Death of the Clock (R. Ferguson) wait wait wait wait wait for me wait wait wait wait honey we’ll walk walk walk walk down the street we’ll find find find find gasoline you you you you want to kill me and the damn damn damn damn damn machine wait wait wait wait wait for me wait wait wait wait honey um ba da, um ba da, ba da um ba da, um ba da, ba da um ba da, um ba da da we we we we don’t agree no no no no in-between the damn damn damn damn damn machine wait wait wait wait wait for me well well well well it’s time to leave hell hell hell hell where’s the keys? ut-oh oh no there’s the keys right right right right in the backseat the damn damn damn damn damn machine i must must must must have a disease wait wait wait wait wait for me wait wait wait wait honey um, um, um um, um, um um, um, um um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, ba da) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, ba da) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, ba da) (ba da) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, ba da) (ba da) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, ba da) (ba da) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da da) um, um, um um, um, um um, um, um um, um, um
14.
The Boy at Gethsemane (R. Ferguson)
15.
Cash Register Gospel (Rope Burn) (R. Ferguson) you love even sinners like me… but i don’t deserve it i don’t deserve it i don’t deserve it you love even fools like me… but i don’t deserve it i don’t deserve it i don’t deserve it i don’t deserve it
16.
Cold Summer Tent Revival (R. Ferguson) it’s been a cold summer so come along come along come along and bring your sorrows come along and bring your sorrows come along and bring your sorrows come along and make a better tomorrow boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom boom c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon let’s go in the tent that’s where Jesus is
17.
Till the Morning (R. Ferguson) would ya for 20 dollars? would ya for 10? would ya for for real? or just pretend? or will i have to wait? will i have to wait? i think you think too much about your sins and where you’re gonna go and where you’ve been i guess you’ll have to wait till the morning till the morning i know you wanna get to Heaven but you’re not sure what to say you’re not sure if you’re on the good boy list as of yesterday i guess you’ll have to wait till the morning till the morning till the morning till the morning
18.
Your Arms 05:45
Your Arms (R. Ferguson) i got drunk last night i was drunk real bad i was cursing my life and all the things i don’t have but your arms your arms i got high in my head and deep as the dark but dreams and words only go so far but your arms your arms now i hide in my bed would you comfort me? i’m as exposed as a crucified thief but your arms your arms your arms your arms and i’ll keep looking looking all over the place (for your arms)…(help!!!) and i’ll keep looking looking all over the place (for your arms)… your arms
19.
Kindergarten Prayer #3 (R. Ferguson) hide and seek hide and seek hide and seek where ya at? hide and seek where ya at? hide and seek where ya at? i’m everywhere i’m all around hide and seek hide and seek hide and seek hide and seek hide and seek i’m everywhere i’m all i’m all around comb your hair (ya gotta go to school) brush your teeth (you gotta go to school) and wash your face (you gotta go to school) now give your daddy a kiss man (you gotta go to school) you gotta go to school you gotta go to school and find out for yourself you gotta go to school man you gotta go to school you gotta go to school and find out for yourself numbers and shapes numbers and shapes numbers and shapes you’ll add subtract numbers and shapes you’ll add subtract numbers and shapes you’ll add subtract i’m everywhere i’m all around numbers and shapes numbers and shapes numbers and shapes numbers and shapes numbers and shapes i’m everywhere i’m all i’m all around algebra (you gotta go to school) calculus (you can’t be no fool) count your fingers (you gotta go to school) measure your mind (you gotta go to school) you gotta go to school you gotta go to school and find out for yourself you gotta go to school man you gotta go to school you gotta go to school and find out for yourself i wish you could stay all day at your daddy’s side i wish you could stay all day at your daddy’s side but you gotta go to school man ya got your own mind ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh careful or them teachers might lead you astray (ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh) careful or them teachers might lead you astray (ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh) you can trust them to a point and then go your own way (your own way) oooooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh (ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh) oooooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oooooh (ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh) i carry you everywhere in my heart (ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh) i carry you everywhere in my heart (ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh) there aint’ a fucking thing in this world that could keep us apart oooooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh (ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh) oooooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oooooh (ooooooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooooh) comb your hair ya gotta go to school ya gotta go to school (ooooooh…) brush your teeth ya gotta go to school man ya gotta go to school (ooooooh…) wash your face ya gotta go to school ya gotta go to school (ooooooh…) give your daddy a kiss man ya gotta go to school ya gotta go to school
20.
Around in the River (R. Ferguson) around in the river around in the river around in the river around in the river around in the river around in the river we go i step into the Jordan you pray atop my shoulders you see a little further our home’s a little closer around in the river around in the river we go ya know your daddy loves ya and i’ll see ya when ya get there when the whole show’s over we’ll never get older around in the river around in the river we go you’re daddy’s little drummer a flower for this soldier kazoo-ing little hummer harmonica blower around in the river around in the river we go around in the river around in the river around in the river around in the river we go never be afraid dear you weren’t made to be a coward forget about the hours forget about the towers around in the river around in the river we go this world wants to break ya and make your heart a boulder make ya feel a little numb-er make ya think a little dumber around in the river around in the river we go your daddy has spoken and the circle won’t be broken we’ll dance in the Kingdom and keep our hearts open around in the river around in the river we go around in the river around in the river around in the river around in the river around in the river around in the river we go around in the river around in the river we go
21.
At the End the Boy Flew Out the Side of the Mountain (R. Ferguson)
22.
When it Comes to Dreaming (R. Ferguson) when it comes to dreaming i don’t have a problem i just wanna go there go there in my heart when it comes to dreaming i don’t have a problem i just wanna go there and make a brand new start when it comes to dreaming i don’t have a problem i just wanna go there go there in my heart…

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“Kindergarten Prayers is a melting pot of fundamental melodies, and it reminds me a lot of what our world is starting to look and feel like; a diverse collection of amazingly unique tones, each with something special to offer. From one song to next, it’s like we’re being sucked into a vortex of raw colors that are merging together to create something we’ve never seen before. It’s grainy in the most elegant way you can imagine…and it ends up perhaps unintentionally being one of the most articulate albums of the latter half of the decade.”
-No Depression

“The last album by STREAKING IN TONGUES Life Support hinted at the kind of maturity they display on this record, but nothing could have prepared us for its shimmering tonality. Kindergarten Prayers is like an animated dream sequence that plays out before our very ears one scene after another, each more exquisitely indulgent and provocatively severe than the one that preceded it. STREAKING IN TONGUES takes us on a different adventure every time they record a record, and in this case, the theme is definitely innocence itself, and the way that chief songwriter Ronnie Ferguson goes about unfolding this story is spellbinding to put it mildly.”
-Indie Band Guru

“There isn’t another record out this year that is as stylishly experimental as Kindergarten Prayers is, and even if the idea of an album as eclectically compiled as this one is a little intimidating, trust me when I say that this is an exceptionally accessible slice of avant-garde gold. This is the best album I’ve reviewed this year, and the competition doesn’t even start to come close with this one. Kindergarten Prayers is a record that requires a lot of attention, but if you’re inclined to sit down and really give music the focus that it deserves, you’re in store for a magical journey led by a father and his young son that will introduce you to the darkest and most opulent of melodies you’re going to hear in the 2010's presented in stunning technicolor.”
-Vents Magazine

"When it Comes to Dreaming", "Cold Summer Tent Revival", "Your Arms", "Around in the River", all three title tracks and "Little Country Boy" could have formulated a complete album worthy of a Grammy nomination all on its own, but that wasn't enough for STREAKING IN TONGUES. There's such a myriad of content included in Kindergarten Prayers that it's almost like three awesome records compiled into one mega-anthology of sonic treasures. This is the thinking music fan's record of the year."
-Indie Shark, Album of the Year Nomination, 2018

“I’ll be the first to say that this album is all over the place, but the pure, authentic spirit behind STREAKING IN TONGUES merits the band more attention than they currently receive. It’s long and sometimes tedious, but Kindergarten Prayers is avant-garde and anti-folk at their best.”
-We Are Mirrors, The Best 18 Albums from 2018

“Kindergarten Prayers is such a viciously unpolished record from a band capable of unbelievable melody that it defies the logic of virtually everyone in the western pop music establishment. There’s no need to argue; Daniel Johnston shaped alternative music more than almost any other singer/songwriter of his time, and his presence and legacy can be located in a lot of today’s pop from one end of the spectrum to the next. Listening to STREAKING IN TONGUES reminds me a lot of listening to Daniel’s Austin recordings; they’re scattered and joyously insular, but beneath their rough exterior exists a harmony and relatability that is unparalleled, unmatched in its intimacy.”
-The Indie Source

“Art is completely subjective and no two people will look at or listen to the same work and gather the same interpretation; it just isn’t possible. But one of the coolest things about Kindergarten Prayers is how it almost puts up a shield against us reading into it. STREAKING IN TONGUES doesn’t want us to overly translate their music. They want us to take it in for what it is and let the framework settle in a little. Five or ten years from now, I think critics are going to have a lot of spirited debates over what this album really means. None of them will ever get it right, because when this band recorded this they didn’t do anything wrong.”
-Gashouse Radio

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released July 24, 2018

Produced by STREAKING IN TONGUES
Recorded and Mixed by STREAKING IN TONGUES
All Songs © 2018 by STREAKING IN TONGUES

Additional Recording and Mixing by
Michael Smith (2, 3, 20, 22)
Shawn Wernette (8, 13)

Mastered by Jim Roll at Willis Sound

All Songs Written and Performed by Ronnie Ferguson

“A Day in the Life of a Scarecrow” poem and reading on 5 and vocals on 11 by Elliott Ferguson

Additional Players:
Rob Hampton (bass on 2, 3, 19, 20 and keyboard on 11, 19, 20, 22 and strings on 21)
Corinna Nix (vocals on 4)
Gary Perdue (intro on 7)
Ashley Tuthill (piano and supporting vocals on 8)
Shawn Wernette (additional noise on 8)
Maria Galaska (supporting vocals on 13)
Derek Riojas (additional drums on 19)

Preacher/Tongue Samples on 16 from a YouTube wormhole

Dedicated to Bree

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Eternal Playground, 2018

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STREAKING IN TONGUES are an experimental father/son music project based in Marquette, Michigan. The multi-instrumentalists, Ronnie Ferguson and his son Elliott, are known for their critically-acclaimed albums, multimedia concerts, and creative music videos. ... more

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