Oh My Darlin'

by STREAKING IN TONGUES

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EJ Olsen Oh My Darlin’ is the most imminently listenable and emotionally eviscerating offering from STREAKING IN TONGUES yet. Ronnie and Elliott Ferguson continue to refine their craft, creating music that’s endearing and engaging. Read my full review here: wp.me/pbqE3E-1fn Favorite track: Screw Up.
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1.
Sure as Heaven i’ve seen you in your blue jeans walking down the street crashing all the cars and making a scene darlin’ oh oh oh whoa oh it’s a damn fine gift from God what ya do to me my knees get to knockin’ and my toes dance off my feet oh no oh oh oh where do they go? Jesus loved the man who made up rock and roll the Spirit grabbed a hold and it would not let him go oh no oh oh no it wouldn’t let go no so grab me darlin’ and untangle me like a hose or sew me in your sleeves so i can see inside your clothes cuz Jesus is a busy man don’t ya know? there’s not much left to say i haven’t said before i’ll do what you want me to i’d rob a liquor store and more more more more more more there’s not much left to say i haven’t said before i love you my darlin’ oh of that much i’m for sure i’m for sure sure sure sure sure sure i’m sure as Hell… but i’m sure as Heaven too i’m sure as Heaven too… i know i gotta find a way to lie right down beside you so grab me darlin’ and drag me up inside your soul or skin me alive and wear me when the weather gets cold cuz Jesus ain’t talked to me in 20 years or more but i don’t blame him no no i don’t cuz Jesus is a busy man Jesus is a busy man Jesus is a busy man don’t ya know?
2.
Nothing Quite Like It in the World making love… i’m making love… making love oh… making love there ain’t nothing quite like it in the world… falling asleep… i’m falling asleep… oh falling asleep… falling asleep there ain’t nothing quite like it in the world…
3.
Irrational Blues i'm sitting really close cuz i don't know what to do it seems i'm attached to your skin and to your shoes a needy young man whenever i get like this you don't wanna talk to me hear me cry or give me a kiss i beg you my darlin’ please scare away my fears tell me it'll be all right and wipe away all my tears it's an awful selfish thing that i'm asking you give up your own life and share my irrational blues hold me real close don't you let go and i'll be fine i'll be fine i'll be all right i'll be fine i'll be fine i'll be all right i'll be fine i'll be fine i'll be all right i'll be fine i'll be fine thank you honey i know i'm getting better thank you for the letter you've set your mind to leaving and i know i gave you a reason i'm talking really fast but there's nothing i'm trying to sell i know my recent issue drug you through the sadder side of Hell but look i'm standing here with a smile on my face no more excuses no more sleeping through the days and believe it or not i got some even better news overnight i was healed of my irrational blues hold me real close don't you let go hold me real close don't you let go and i'll be fine i'll be fine i'll be all right i'll be fine i'll be fine i'll be all right i'll be fine i'll be fine i'll be all right won't you stay won't you stay won't you stay my dear won't you stay won't you stay won't you stay my love won't you stay won't you stay won't you stay my girl won't you stay won't you stay won't you stay with me won't you stay won't you stay won't you stay won't you?
4.
Sunlight of a Thousand Babes listen close let’s go all in it’s a beautiful day and oh we gotta share it cuz everything matters but not right now let’s lie down in love we don’t do it enough we got the sunlight of (la da da da da) the sunlight of (la da da da da) the sunlight of a thousand babes (oooh oooh) where ya going? can i come? i see ya all the time but i don’t really see you enough your life is hard and upside down sometimes ya gotta just say fuck it and dance around we got the sunlight of (la da da da da) the sunlight of (la da da da da) the sunlight of a thousand babes (oooh oooh) but we get lost so much of the time that all our pain makes the good Lord cry we must return to the light we must return to the good light so follow me we’ll have some fun and we won’t stop till all the fun is done cuz everything matters but not right now let’s dance around in love we don’t dance enough we got the sunlight of (la da da da da) the sunlight of (la da da da da) the sunlight of a thousand babes (oooh oooh) (oooh oooh) (la da da da da) (da da) (da da da) etc...
5.
Damn Machine 03:32
Damn Machine never should’ve married you i never should’ve trusted you i never should’ve followed you i don’t wanna be in this car with you i never should’ve kissed your face you put your arms around my waist i never should’ve looked away i never should’ve let you taste um ba da um ba da la ta um ba da um ba da la ta um ba da um ba da da you never even asked my age ‘fore you made me dance onstage ‘fore you measured me for my grave i never should’ve kissed your face um ba da um ba da la ta um ba da um ba da la ta um ba da um ba da da
6.
My Single Wife oooooooh ooh aaaaaaah aah… my single wife’s got news for you you can be married and single too…
7.
Screw Up 06:37
Screw Up i thought i’d found a real one a lover till the Kingdom someone to depend on a mother i could lean on but it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all it wasn’t love at all not at all i really got my hopes up i really tried to step up i really tried to shut up i didn’t wanna screw up but it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all it wasn’t love at all not at all it doesn’t matter how your heart breaks it doesn’t matter if your belly aches it doesn’t matter how your heart breaks she’s long gone with yesterday and it doesn’t matter what you pray it doesn’t matter what you pray cuz it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all well i am just a screw up a lonely little fuck up the blood inside the throw up the prayer inside the piss cup the beating of my heart of my heart the beating of my heart it won’t start the beating of my heart of my heart the beating of my heart it won’t start it doesn’t matter how your heart breaks it doesn’t matter if your belly aches it doesn’t matter how your heart breaks she’s long gone with yesterday and it doesn’t matter what you pray it doesn’t matter what you pray cuz it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all not at all it wasn’t love at all it wasn’t love at all not at all… it wasn’t love at all
8.
Inside Out and On My Ass when it was over it was mighty bad it was mighty bad it was a heart attack it was the worst damn time i ever had i slept most nights in a garbage bag until i lost my sight then my appetite but i knew every fly by name she left me inside out and on my ass inside out and on my ass face down in the grass a sunburn set on both halves of my ass it was the worst damn time a man could have worse than a war and even worse than her dad she left me inside out and on my ass inside out and on my ass she kicked me up and down up and down then her mother well she slapped me around and spit in my face and found another man to take my place
9.
Rock n Roll Will Never Love You Like I Do rock n roll at its best will fuck you on the floor with a bag over your head but he’ll never love you never love you never love you like i do rock n roll don’t know what he wants so clap your hands and give him a handjob he’ll never love you never love you never love you like i do… i put up with your shit you put up with mine sometimes the best we do is separate sides of a lonely bed two tired heads we fall asleep but we don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t find rest rock n roll such a sexy kiss he’ll pucker his lips and shake his hips and take you home and let you stay all night but your ass is out the door come the morning light cuz he’ll never love you never love you never love you like i do he’ll never love you never love you never love you like i do… oooooooohhh oooooohhh aaaaaahhh ooohhhhhhh…(whoa hey) he won’t ignore your morning breath he’ll pull out every hair growing on your chest he’s a self-made god who turns his head when he holds you underwater till you’re born again and dead
10.
We’re Still Gonna Be All Right so what if it’s never gonna be like it once was so what if it’s never gonna be like it once was you changed your hair so many times i cried oooooooooooooh we’re still gonna be all right though neither of us were right oh ooh oh ooh oh ooh oh ooh oh we’re still gonna be all right though neither of us were right so what if it’s never gonna be like it once was so what if it’s never gonna be like it once was it’s not like we were born attached at the heart oooooooooooooh we’re still gonna be all right though neither of us were right oh ooh oh ooh oh ooh oh ooh oh we’re still gonna be all right though neither of us were right we’re right
11.
A Blessing I Can’t Earn a friend stopped by tonight and he gave me company we didn’t do too much but it meant a lot to me it meant a lot to me another friend called me on the telephone he made me feel all right and i knew i wasn’t alone yeah i know i’m not alone so many times i forget so many things forget all my blessings and forget the joy they bring forget the joy they bring and i’ve learned (learn…) there are some blessings i can’t earn and i hope they come my way and find me as i am right here and bless me anyway bless me anyway i think i feel like dancing dancing with my body dancing with your body because you make me hap— because you make me happy and i’ve learned (learn…) you’re a blessing i can’t earn can only hope and pray that you will soon forgive me and let me bless you babe let me bless you babe won’t you let me bless you babe? won’t you let me love you baby?
12.
Fear of Limbo kiss me before baby comes let me be your one true love (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) the holidays are here again he is learning how to stand (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) he crawls inside the Christmas tree tips it over and looks at me (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) he claps along to a Christmas song he laughs out loud when the chorus comes (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) you smile at me but i fear the worst so scare my fears and quench my thirst (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) i fear we’ll lose that old desire that raging blameless holy fire (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) so pin me down on the kitchen floor explain yourself and make me sore (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) maybe i was never born to love you at least not how you want me to oh honey i was born to love him to walk away would be a mortal sin and i don’t know if we’ll make it through but i offer all of me for all of you cuz i could never live without him i’d work it out with you if it cost me a limb
13.
Wait Wait Wait Wait Wait for Me 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 wanna 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, la ta um ba da, um ba da, la ta 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, la ta) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, la ta) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, la ta) (la ta) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, la ta) (la ta) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da, la ta) (la ta) um, um, um (um ba da, um ba da da) um, um, um um, um, um um, um, um um, um, um
14.
Our Love (Couldn’t Outrun a Train) i thought you loved me from the way ya held my face and the way we made out like we were running a race do you got any idea how much i loved you? any idea at all?... our love… couldn’t outrun a train… do you got any idea how much i loved you? any idea at all?... do you got any idea at all?
15.
I’m Gonna Love the Hell Out of You oooooohhhhhh aaaaaahhhhhh ahhhh oh oh… darlin’ i turned off the burner you left it on this morning i almost burned my hand most days i think i’d rather be lonely then waiting for you to show me you’re happy you’re finally home and lately i’ve been spending my evenings wondering about other women the few that i knew before you (ahh ahh ahh…) darlin’ i know what you must be thinking you’d rather be some place drinking than standing here face to face oooooohhhhhh aaaaaahhhhhh ahhhh oh oh… and darlin’ i don’t mind your yellin’ most of the time it’s my fault should probably just shut my damn mouth but sometimes i get so damn angry i cut the cords to the t.v. i fire my gun at a dog weekends i’ve been getting awful lazy when i swallow your whiskey i fall asleep counting the clouds (ahh ahh ahh…) and darlin’ i know i’m hard to understand i might even deserve a backhand won’t you grant me some grace this time oooooohhhhhh aaaaaahhhhhh ahhhh oh oh… and i’m gonna love the hell out of you i’m gonna love the hell out of you oh my darlin’ oh my darlin’ oh my darlin’ oh my darlin’ and you can use me anyway you want to you can use me anyway you want to if that’s something that you really want to do and sometimes i like to watch you daydream your mind staring at some morning when you were a little girl and lately i’ve been hoping you’re happy hoping you’re really happy happy when you’re alone and darlin’ i know you got reasons to leave me and i heard it’s not cool to sing a love song but oh oh oh oh (ahh ahh ahh…) and darlin’ honey what would you say to a late night? nothing but adults and the right wine i think that that could be nice oooooohhhhhh aaaaaahhhhhh ahhhh oh oh… i’m gonna love the hell out of you (oooooohhhhhh aaaaaahhhhhh ahhhh oh oh) i’m gonna love the hell out of you (oooooohhhhhh aaaaaahhhhhh ahhhh oh oh) i’m gonna love the hell out of you (oooooohhhhhh…) oh my darlin’ i’m gonna love the hell out of you (oooooohhhhhh…) oh my darlin’ i’m gonna love the hell out of you (oooooohhhhhh…) oh my darlin’ i’m gonna love the hell out of you (ahh ahh ahh…) if it’s the last thing i ever do if it’s the last thing i ever do if it’s the last thing i ever do if it’s the last thing i ever do i’m gonna love the hell out of you oh my darlin’…

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"Oh My Darlin' is the most imminently listenable and emotionally eviscerating offering from STREAKING IN TONGUES yet. Ronnie and Elliott Ferguson continue to refine their craft, creating music that's endearing and engaging. Slowly building a repertoire of challenging records covering difficult subject matter, the father/son duo has refined their distinct brand of lo-fi experimental folk music into their most coherent and powerful artistic statement yet. Oh My Darlin' explores love and divorce in frequently-uncomfortable terms, but its unflinching nature and careful construction make it the band's most gratifying listen."
-We Are Mirrors, Best Albums of 2019

“Surreal soundscapes that demand as much of a reaction out of us through the texture of their melodies as they do the substance of their soulful lyricism. I didn’t know if they were going to be able to top the majestically postmodern tour de force that was Kindergarten Prayers, but I am happy to report that STREAKING IN TONGUES’ Oh My Darlin’ is every bit the refined successor most critics (myself included) had hoped it would be.”
-Indie Shark, Pick of the Week and Catch of the Month

“Trying to predict what’s going to come at us next in this tracklist is like trying to pinpoint when and where a hurricane is going to land some twenty years from now. STREAKING IN TONGUES’ Oh My Darlin’ is an undisputed classic and an album for the ages.”
-NeuFutur

“Ronnie Ferguson and his extraordinarily talented son Elliott deliver a record that borrows equal parts from Songs of Pain, The Velvet Underground, Rain Dogs and A Saucerful of Secrets but is inevitably recognizable as being theirs and theirs alone. Oh My Darlin’ is a melodic lo-fi masterpiece.”
-Indie Pulse Music

“STREAKING IN TONGUES sample from ambient, experimental, noise, folk, traditional singer/songwriter music and garage rock influences in Oh My Darlin’, and even if it might be the most angular album that this pair has released so far, it’s also one of the most important records to hit stores this October.”
-Too Much Love

“STREAKING IN TONGUES reestablish themselves as melodic marksmen capable of finding something glittery in even the grimmest of sonic environments. Oh My Darlin’ is one of the best of 2019. Five stars, without a doubt.”
-Skope Magazine

“They come to us haggard in one track and glistening in another, but no matter what occasion on which we’re visited by the simple string harmonies that dominate the whole of STREAKING IN TONGUES’ Oh My Darlin’, we’re met with just as much of a storyteller in their vibrations as we are in the powerful, emotion-filled lead vocal. The chemistry that this duo has can only be found in familial musical groups, and specifically between the collaboration of a father and son, and it’s incredible to hear it experimented with in such a freeform capacity.”
-The Indie Source

“In the last couple of years, critics have come to adore STREAKING IN TONGUES for their home-style harmonies and breathtakingly emotive experiments in noise and pop nuance, and what they deliver unto us in Oh My Darlin’ might be the quintessential release of their career together.”
-Independent Music and Arts, Inc.

“On the surface, STREAKING IN TONGUES take a twisted carnival soundtrack and inject it with smart, self-aware lyrical fodder in ‘Irrational Blues,’ but when we look deeper at this song – and all fourteen of its tracklist neighbors in the brand new album Oh My Darlin’ – we discover an emotional ballad that is as driven by acidic jazz rhythm as it is broken folk melodies. In all of the songs that come out of the shadows following ‘Sure as Heaven,’ there’s a confidence that you just can’t find in popular music anymore, and it’s generated by both the assault of STREAKING IN TONGUES and the vibrancy of the music they create when they’re performing in total synchronicity.”
-Vents Magazine

"The harmonies float as high as the heavens can take them in 'Wait Wait Wait Wait Wait for Me,' and while STREAKING IN TONGUES stir up a similarly transcendent vibe in the Harry Nilsson-reminiscent 'Inside out and on My Ass,' they're no less a captivating gem as they are in the violent 'Sunlight of a Thousand Babes,' cowpunk swing tune 'Sure as Heaven' or the self-explanatory 'Irrational Blues.' In STREAKING IN TONGUES' latest record Oh My Darlin', the father and son-led band tries what other artists are often too hesitant, or too inept, to attempt, and to say that the results are some of the finest that the avant-folk scene has heard this year would be just too great an understatement for anyone to make."
-Music Existence

“Oh My Darlin’ is an LP defined by its dualities, and in a startlingly single-threaded chapter of pop music history, it’s all the more a diamond in the rough because of the diverse array of compositional styles it weaves together so perfectly. The father-son pairing absolutely kills it.”
-Gashouse Radio

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released October 18, 2019

Produced by STREAKING IN TONGUES
Recorded and Mixed by STREAKING IN TONGUES
All Songs © 2019 by STREAKING IN TONGUES

Additional Production and Mastering by Fred Thomas

Additional Recording and Mixing by Michael Smith (7)

All Songs Written by Ronnie Ferguson
All Songs Performed by Ronnie Ferguson and Elliott Ferguson

Additional Players:
Rob Hampton (bass on 1, 2, 4, 9, 13 and air organ on 5 and keyboard on 7 and cello on 7 and strings on 13)
Gordon Kwiatkowski (electric harmonica on 1)
Jeremy Siegrist (drums on 1, 2, 4, 9)
Ryan Wendt (lead guitar on 1)
Corinna Nix (vocals on 5)
Ashley Tuthill McGrath (oboe, bells, percussion on 5)

“I’m Gonna Love the Hell Out of You” borrows the title and a kernel of inspiration from the Silver Jews classic.

Dedicated to the lives of DCB and DJ. Thank you for filling our hearts.

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Eternal Playground, 2019

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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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