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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“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

credits

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

www.streakingintongues.com
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Eternal Playground, 2018

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STREAKING IN TONGUES are an experimental father/son duo from the tiny village of Otisville, Michigan. They are known for their genre-melding albums, multimedia concerts, and creative music videos.

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Track Name: The Holy Spirit Comes at Recess
The Holy Spirit Comes at Recess (R. Ferguson)
Track Name: Everyone Who Ever Cared
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
Track Name: Little Country Boy
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…
Track Name: I Was a Fool Before You Were Born
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
Track Name: Kindergarten Prayer #1
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.
Track Name: There Goes My Head
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
Track Name: Field of Pineapples
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
Track Name: Boy in a Garbage Bag
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
Track Name: Kindergarten Prayer #2
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
Track Name: Whistle While You (Busy) Work
Whistle While You (Busy Work) (R. Ferguson)
Track Name: Kindergarten Daze
Kindergarten Daze (R. Ferguson)

the wheels on the bus go round and round
round and round
round and round
Track Name: Young Again
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…
Track Name: Death of the Clock
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
Track Name: The Boy at Gethsemane
The Boy at Gethsemane (R. Ferguson)
Track Name: Cash Register Gospel (Rope Burn)
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
Track Name: Cold Summer Tent Revival
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
Track Name: Till the Morning
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
Track Name: Your Arms
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
Track Name: Kindergarten Prayer #3
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
Track Name: Around in the River
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
Track Name: At the End the Boy Flew Out the Side of the Mountain
At the End the Boy Flew Out the Side of the Mountain (R. Ferguson)
Track Name: When it Comes to Dreaming
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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