Life Support

by STREAKING IN TONGUES

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"It's appropriate that the trailer for the new record from STREAKING IN TONGUES is a clip from The Exorcist III; Life Support is the sound of a man fighting off the devil. Ronnie Ferguson's father died when Ronnie was in high school, and when the 34-year-old songwriter and bandleader of STREAKING IN TONGUES relocated to the backwoods of northern Michigan - hours away from friends and bandmates - his long-submerged depression and grief returned with a vengeance. Life Support is a harrowing chronicle of the period, played and recorded almost entirely by Ferguson himself in his bedroom, and the 12 ramshackle, experimental tracks recall both Elliott Smith and Daniel Johnston in their raw interiority and desperation. This is staring-into-the-abyss stuff, and on songs like "Devil in my Ear", the abyss has grown teeth and claws and is beating down the bedroom door. And though it's an album that's swollen with pain, it's gilded with a hope against hope that God is actually real. Ronnie Ferguson has made an incredibly intimate, idiosyncratic record in Life Support, but on the heartbreaking, out-of-joint lament "Born to Bruise", he's getting at something universal when he sings, "I've gotta believe or I'll scream"."

-Spirit You All, from Best Albums of 2016

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released November 2, 2016

Produced by STREAKING IN TONGUES
Recorded and Mixed by STREAKING IN TONGUES
All Songs (c) by STREAKING IN TONGUES

Additional Recording and Mixing by Michael Smith (6 and 11)
Mastering by Graham Lapp

All Songs Written and Performed by Ronnie Ferguson
Additional Players:
Rob Hampton (keyboard on 6 and 11)
Corinna Nix (vocals on 12)

Special thanks to my life support (this is Ronnie typing):
Elliott and Colette, Rob, Reagan, Paul, Jeremy,
and my other dear friends,
and The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

Dedicated to the lives of Daniel Ferguson and Elliott Smith

www.streakingintongues.com
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streakingintongues.bandcamp.com

Homebuddy, November 2016

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STREAKING IN TONGUES is a band from Otisville, Michigan, USA. They released their second album Life Support in 2016.

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Track Name: Knocky-Boo (Daddy Died)
Knocky-Boo (Daddy Died) (Ferguson)

knocky-boo…

drove down to my father’s grave
where someone had left flowers and i
heard some woman mourning in the distance

well maybe she lost her lover
maybe she lost her brother and she
loved him more than she loved anybody

he died when he was 39 just this fall i’ll turn 20
and if he were here i’d probably ask him for money

cuz it seems like we’re only passing through
it seems like that’s all we’re meant to do

but daddy are you where you wanted to be?
and was this life a shame for you?
tell me now cuz
i’m still passing through
tell me now cuz
i’m still passing through

i’m still passing through
i’m still passing through

and maybe that was all i was ever born to do

a knocky-boo a knocky-boo
and then another knocky-boo
Track Name: Death and All the Things We Love
Death and All the Things We Love (Ferguson)

death and all the things you love
hurt and Hell and hate

they’ve settled down over time
and you wonder why

why? oh why? oh why? oh why? oh why?...

you you got some love in your heart
but you don’t know how to start

mixing and meshing and talking and dancing

so i i will pray for you
the best big prayer i can do

but God don’t listen to me

it must’ve been something i did
or maybe something i said

or something i didn’t do

why? oh why? oh why? oh why? oh why?...

no: it’s all we ever do…

why? oh why? oh why? oh why? oh why?...
Track Name: Wasted Days
Wasted Days (Ferguson)

some days some days i get so sad like anyone else
i just wanna lie down on the couch and drug myself
so i do that i do that and not much else and not much else
i do that i drug myself

my head and my heart are so full of wasted days…

you won’t even fit me down in my grave…
Track Name: Monster Meat
Monster Meat (Ferguson)

i know in my heart that the world is mean
that it’s after me and you and biting at our sleeves
and the Devil’s out to eat his slaves and he’s hungry
like a monster without meat for half a century

you say there’s a Jesus and he loves me
that he loves us all but it takes a heart to believe
and keep on believing when we’re out of holy luck
and nobody gives a fuck the sign says duck

i’m finding it hard (hard as Hell)
i’m finding it hard (hard as Hell)
i’m finding it hard (hard as Hell) i’m finding it

hard (hard as Hell)
hard (hard as Hell)
hard (hard as Hell)

to hold on to the hand of a bloody Savior
to hold on to the hand of a risen Savior
when my dreams make me feel i could never be a child again
and everything tastes like monster meat in the morning

da da da da…
Track Name: Devil in My Ear
Devil in My Ear (Ferguson)

Lord i’m here and i can’t see home
please don’t leave me on my own
the Devil’s here and he’s in my ear
he plans to stay a hundred years

he wants me dead, dead inside
so he can watch me slowly die (slowly die)

if you would lift my heart
heal together my wounded parts
help me laugh and curse his name
help me dance upon his face

cuz i don’t wanna share his grave
no i don’t wanna share his grave…(share his grave)

shut my door keep out the Devil
shut my door keep the Devil in the night
shut your door keep out the Devil
light a candle everything is all right…

he’ll never see the light he’ll never love what’s right
he’s long gone or maybe i’m wrong

cuz where your love can go nobody knows
and who your arms can reach nobody knows

maybe all of us maybe none of us
maybe all of us every one of us

cuz we’re all devils in the firelight
we’re all devils and we’ve lost our sight

we’re all devils in the firefight
we’re all your children needing help though the night

so shut my door keep out the Devil
shut my door keep the Devil in the night
shut your door keep out the Devil
light a candle everything is all right

we’re all devils…

in the jungle the mighty jungle the lion never sleeps
in the jungle the mighty jungle the Devil never sleeps

so shut my door keep out the Devil
shut my door keep the Devil in the night
shut your door keep out the Devil

light a candle everything is all right…
Track Name: Wasn't Listening
Wasn’t Listening (Ferguson)

i hardened my heart
i hid in myself
if you spoke to me
i thought it was somebody else

cuz i wasn’t listening i wasn’t listening

i opened my eyes
i opened my mouth
i opened my arms
to the doubts

but i wasn’t listening i wasn’t listening i wasn’t listening
Track Name: Music Box on Life Support
Music Box on Life Support (Ferguson)
Track Name: Born to Bruise
Born to Bruise (Ferguson)

Lord when i was little i saw ya in a painting
your eyes were open then they closed when i stepped back
you rolled around the ground in the sanctuary
you jumped up and down out the window and into the alley

and you gave your money to the poor and your clothes to the thrift store
you were a man about town: smoking and drinking
and clowning around with the unlovable crowd

are you waiting for me now?
if not i don’t know just what i’m gonna do
are you waiting for me now?
i was born to bruise
i was born to bruise
cuz i was born

Lord when i got older i saw you atop a mountain
you were setting off fireworks for all my town to see
and when the time it came for the grand finale
you turned into a dove and blew away with the breeze

and some folks like me find you hard to believe
some folks like me find it hard to believe

that you gave your money to the poor and your clothes to the thrift store
you were a man about town: smoking and drinking
and clowning around with the unlovable crowd

are you waiting for me now?
if not i don’t know just what i’m gonna do
are you waiting for me now?
i was born to bruise
i was born to bruise
cuz i was born

now i’m sitting here waiting on the bar steps
listening to music and smoking a cigarette
i gotta believe you’re waiting somewhere for me
i gotta believe or else i’d scream
as the cars go passing by
and the people go passing by
and you’re just like my dad
you never said goodbye


but are you waiting for me now?
if not i don’t know just what i’m gonna do
are you waiting for me now?
i was born to bruise
i was born to bruise

i was born to bruise
i was born to bruise
i was born to bruise
i was born to bruise

he said if i would follow him (i was born to bruise)
he’d give me riches to spend (i was born to bruise)
and a new girlfriend for every time (i was born to bruise)
i sinned (i was born to bruise)

he’d get me high most every night (i was born to bruise)
and make all my heavy burdens light (i was born to bruise)
and make sure that i never ever gotta sleep alone (i was born to bruise)
again at night (i was born to bruise)

he promised me a brand new car (i was born to bruise)
and he’d make me a beautiful star (i was born to bruise)
and teach me all the most happening chords (i was born to bruise)
on my guitar (i was born to bruise)

but still i turn to you in pain (i was born to bruise)
when my whole life adds up to a big nothing (i was born to bruise)
when i’m crying out on the tip of a knife

oh Lord please tell me why
i always call
you make me bark like a dog
you take all of my fun
and it’s ashes

oh Lord please tell me why

you you take take all all my my fun fun and and it’s it’s ashes ashes
Track Name: Baby Bird
Baby Bird (Ferguson)

go on let yourself off this time
if you could do it again i bet you’d do it right
the mailbox i stole with baby birds inside
they kept on singing even when their mother died
grant yourself some grace even if it hurts
it was a long long time ago for what it’s worth

you’re so hard on yourself…
you make it so hard on everybody else

so maybe mow your lawn a second time
anything at all to occupy your mind
and when you’re done clean yourself up real nice
maybe part your hair on the other side
then call that girl the one you said was looking so fine
i bet she’d run around town with you tonight

you’re so hard on yourself…
you make it so hard on everybody else

baby bird you’re so hard on yourself…

you make it so hard on your friends trying to help
Track Name: The Plug
The Plug (Ferguson)

somebody had to pull your plug but i was too young…

somebody had to pull your plug but i was too in love
Track Name: No One Home
No One Home (Ferguson)

i swear i didn’t know what to do i couldn’t move

no one answered the phone when i called on you

where were you where were you where were you

where were you?

and i will be okay i will be okay i will be okay i will be okay

i will be okay if i can just get through another day
Track Name: Please Let Me Go to Sleep
Please Let Me Go to Sleep (Ferguson)

listen to the wind
listen to the sea
listen to the birds
listen through the trees
listen to the girls
listen to the squirrels
listen to the guys
listen to the flies buzzing by

and i don’t recognize this place
you don’t recognize this place hey…

please oh please let me go to sleep…


"DADDY Daddy daddy, i just have to tell you one more—"