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Climbing Frame

by Gecko

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1.
Man with a guitar strolls on to stage Man with a guitar looks like he's going to play The elephant in the room as the man starts the show The elephant in the room Will he play any songs that I know?
2.
Picture the scene you’re round the house of an author Let’s just say you’re really good friends with their daughter You wouldn’t spoil what had been a nice eve By asking them to recite war and peace I can’t know all the songs I can’t know all the songs Back at school and you’re just sniggering all through a lesson in sexual health The teacher says ‘if you insist on talking you can teach the whole class yourself’ Well you just roll your eyes and to everyone’s surprise say ‘yeh I’ll give it a go’ But it goes quite badly unbelievably rapidly lack of PGCE is exposed So let the teachers run the syllabus And let me do my setlist I can’t know all the songs I can’t know all the songs Not a jukebox I’m a man There’s a heart not a selection of songs under my surface We could have something really great if you treat me like a human not a streaming service Spotify Not a guy Apple Music Won’t keep Shania Twain warm on a long, cold, lonely night I can’t know all the songs I do know that song I can’t know all the songs It’s a good song I can’t know all the songs I can’t know all the songs Bad news sadly you’ve been injured really badly Prognosis isn’t the best You wouldn’t ask the doctor ‘look I know you know a lot but do you do surgical requests’ You just let them do what they’ve trained for years to do I can’t know all the songs I can’t know all the songs I can’t know all the songs I can’t know all the songs Little while ago I was playing a show something happened I didn’t expect Half way through one I’d planned to do Someone shouted ‘sing a song about sex’ Now in some places people ask for Oasis I respond with poise and patter But this was the first time I’d had someone Request general subject matter I can’t know your imagined song I can’t know all the songs Just because I’ve got a guitar Doesn’t mean I know a specific song That you might want to hear right now You wouldn’t go to an Indian restaurant and ask for an omelette Actually you might Twenty years from now this song actually became a worldwide hit Something really resonated with the sort of people who buy music from supermarkets I was sat round a campfire I had an acoustic guitar I was strumming along Someone said ‘sorry to be that guy but could you play Can’t know all the songs?’ It was conflicting He can’t know all the songs He can’t know all the songs I can't do it There’s too many songs Not a jukebox I’m a man Not a jukebox I’m a man
3.
Listen everybody there's something I have seen I was just out walking and I stumbled 'cross this scene It was very simple but it still held my glance We city folk head to the park to be amongst the plants At times the world is stifling And it is hard to breathe But you can find oxygen If you just find some leaves I can feel dejected Life pulls apart my seams But they built a climbing frame Out of a fallen tree They turned a fallen tree into a climbing frame They turned a fallen tree into a climbing frame Some kids were climbing under Others were branching out No-ones doing guest list 'Cause everyone's allowed A dog barked at the bark Squirrel watched with caution Sunbathers ignored them Parents hide exhaustion One child just hugs it One says 'I'm the captain' There wasn't an election 'Cause no-ones doing admin We all just grow upwards and get further from our roots But the giant trees that line our streets Started with a shoot They turned a fallen tree into a climbing frame They turned a fallen tree into a climbing frame I don't know how it had fallen I don't think they knew either Had it been the wind? Or perhaps munched down by a beaver I know it would have stood there Maybe a hundred years I'd love to hear it's stories If it could whisper in my ears One day we'll be horizontal Like a half empty cup But because they are smaller Things are always looking up They weren't trying to be symbolic They were just having a laugh But where most saw an obstacle They just saw a path They turned a fallen tree into a climbing frame They turned a fallen tree into a climbing frame
4.
Soaring 06:02
I'm seven years old I'm running through a field I'm a city boy But I like how it feels And I'm not gonna stop I'm alive and I'm free I'm just like a bird Unless mum says it's tea So I took off my shoes I took off my socks I'm running bare feet I'm hop scotching rocks But look out for stingers They'll hurt your bare knees Then you have to stop And find a doc leaf Which can take ages Then into the woods I'm surrounded by trees Something appears That I've never seen It's big and it's golden An extraordinary bird It's one of a kind I've discovered the first It's a bit like a parrot But we don't have those here But as soon as I saw it It just disappeared But I could never forget Such a wonderful sight Turned myself around And ran back inside Call the local museum It'll be front of the paper Do I need an agent? I'll worry about that later It'll make it on Newsround Be the best day I've had Be the talk of the playground But first I'll tell dad He said 'I don't mean to be unpleasant But that bird's not a discovery It's a pheasant' But I'd be soaring If I just saw him again Yeh I'd be soaring If I just saw him again Now I'm just old Or at least that's what they say I sit in this chair I'm too tired to play And they call this a home But I know it's not mine I don't do much running I've run out of time But once in the week These girls come and sing Breaks up the day And helps me to think I drift off to the notes I don't catch all the words In my head I run And remember that bird And I'd be soaring If I just saw him again Yeh I'd be soaring If I just saw him again And then as if by magic What seemed like a thousand birds burst through the windows into the communal lounge The room is awash with gasps And bright beautiful colour By night each game bird had been individually saved from a local shooting field It was highly illegal A cunning plan compiled By one ingenuitive grandchild Now I'm soaring soaring again A cacophony of squarks and everybody gets up to dance Now I'm soaring soaring again One particularly fine specimen is currently perched on Agyness' head Now I'm soaring soaring again A pair of females attempt to eat a series of Scrabble letters that spell out inedible, it's a triple word score Now I'm soaring soaring again Geoff the care worker mutters he's not seen anything like it in these parts 'Not since the Strictly final' Now I'm soaring soaring again
5.
Back in the 1950's Russia sent a dog in to space Her name was Laika She was a Moscow stray And I'm not sure how aware of what was going on she was In fact no-one thought it was of any importance to let her know that it would actually be a one way mission This is her song...
6.
Laika 04:32
I'm going to the stars tonight I don't know exactly how and I don't know why Grew up on cold Moscow streets These paws they saw all kinds of trouble Scrapping with puppies over something to eat It's tough, looks rough but you can't knock the muzzle These stray days Wasting away as we waste away days There must be more to life than this I'm going to the stars tonight I don't know exactly how and I don't know why I'm going to the stars tonight I don't know exactly how and I don't know why But when I go Just don't leave me behind Men in strange suits scooped me off the roadside Gave me free food How was I to know I Had been selected for a secret mission Took me to all kinds of uncomfortable fittings Dogs don't war hats And there were other dogs there All in training It was like a montage of a particularly strange film And every day my cage got a bit smaller And other dogs they got the call up That there services were no longer required Until the only dog left was I I'm going to the stars tonight I don't know exactly how and I don't know why I'm going to the stars tonight I don't know exactly how and I don't know why But when I go Just don't leave me behind That just about brings us to the present day Tonight's the night they say I'm gonna elevate They put me on a weird diet and Keep pointing at strange diagrams Say I'm going higher than Anyone has ever been A distant canine Drifting in space time Just need a bit of space I'm Not used to this pressure Surely there's somebody better qualified? But I guess the sooner I go The sooner I can come home Going to the stars tonight I don't know exactly how and I don't know why I used to say There must be more to life than this But it's the normal life I miss There must be more to life than this But it's the normal life I miss And when I go Just don't leave me behind
7.
Hello I am Will And this is Quite and old one It's all about what it's all about who It's all about me it's all about you It's all about life all about death What you lose and what you get It's all about making it through It's all about making a move
8.
Breathe 03:10
Are you feeling lost as you cross into the wilderness? 
Stampede of wildebeest, weren’t really built for this?
 Try to keep your head up but instead there’s something stopping you?
Feeling weighed down like a piano fell on top of you? 
Too much information crashing in from all directions?
Causing all this tension Losing all perspective Is it getting hectic? 
Always clawing your attention? 
Like Escher etching directly into your perception?
 Ok now breathe And then you turn it round Ok now breathe And then you turn it round Time you always turn my world around You try to navigate but keep straying off the edges Life is like a maze and you’re just bumping into hedges Do you feel like somebody has pulled the rug from right beneath ya?
 Think the grass is greener But there’s no grass on that side either? 
Looking for some balance but the scales keep re arranging? Less Aurora Borealis more your lightbulb might need changing it? And every move you make is like you’re swimming with pyjamas on Feeling all misplaced like you are an iguanodon Ok now breathe And then you turn it round Ok now breathe And then you turn it round Time you always turn my world around I was dreaming just last night again I was dreaming just last night Ok now breathe And then you turn it round Ok now breathe And then you turn it round Time you always turn my world around I was dreaming just last night I was dreaming just last night
9.
All I Know 03:40
I don't know where I'm going half the time I mean in life Day to day logistics are usually fine I got google maps on my phone But all I know Is who I'm going with And I don't know If my cup is half full or half empty It's just a coffee Might not be everybody's cup of tea But it's in my favourite mug All I know Is who I'm drinking it with The path we're taking is winding We're making detours and redefining the way the crow flies Someone quite wise said we're falling with style And if I feel out of focus There's no need to be hopeless You'll be reading my mind If far away is a blur You bring things closer We'll take it one thing at a time 'Cause I don't know where I'm going half the time I mean in life Day to day logistics are usually fine My calendar's connected to my phone But all I know Is who I'm going with Is who I'm going with And if you haven't worked it out yet it's you
10.
Always 03:35
The world is waking up It's like the first time The skies are clearing up Feels like the first time And I'll start a new Wake into a different view Try to recall when it was all a little less confused Water is drifting in Looks good enough to drink Splashing up just like a duck I can't help diving in It's always spinning around and no it never stops It's always spinning around and no it never stops My mind is clearing up It's like the first time Just breathing is enough Feels like the first time And I'll start again Circles don't know how to end Feel that breath rise up my chest And forget everything Unlock my mind Let grapes decide if they'll be wine Catch a breeze just like a seed Jumps into sewing time It's always spinning around and no it never stops It's always spinning around and no it never stops Sometimes it's a maze and I've lost my way in the darkness But if I close my eyes before I know it in strides the day It's always spinning around and no it never stops It's always spinning around and no it never stops
11.
A Whole Life 04:17
I just started school but I'm back in my nursery Explaining to the kids what it's like in reception We all have to sit in big chairs And Cenk's got a Batman shaved into his head There's not as much time in school to just have fun and play In fact most of that time's restricted to mid morning break Or lunch time or afternoon break or this lesson called 'games' But other than that it's pretty hard going And it takes a while to get to know your way round I've found it's best to play in this place called the playground Big kids are year 6's Don't call your teacher Mum Insider tip get used to using a crayon I know that you might not want things to change But nothing ever really stays the same in this world You might be scared of growing up But I think you know that you must And there's a whole life ahead of you Now you're that big kid and you run the whole school It's hard to believe that you were ever that small Where there were hieroglyphs now you see words You're taught 'bout the bees and the birds (and sex) You're made the house captain It's a lot of responsibility You have to pick the football team With no footballing ability But come September And you'll be moving on You've heard about homework You hope you heard wrong I know that you might not want things to change But nothing ever really stays the same in this world You might be scared of growing up But I think you know that you must And there's a whole life ahead of you Your last summer's here and you look out to the horizon You try to remember what Mufasa said in the Lion King You're nursing your first broken heart What feels like the end is the start Each week's a house party And everyone's there Windows get broken Parents despair You drink like a fountain Never dance on your own There's inaudible shouting You hold your friends close I know that you might not want things to change But nothing ever really stays the same in this world You might be scared of growing up But I think you know that you must And there's a whole life ahead There's a whole life ahead There's a whole life ahead of you
12.
Pass it On 03:59
Today is a new day Brush it off you've got a new broom Every morning there's a new dawn Every month we get a new moon Don't get too obsessed with the linear This Earth is spherical So follow that telescope You're not alone just show persistence We're all made out of solar systems My verse about the universe is expanding So lift up your glass timer with sand in Tilt your head Those seconds that you waved goodbye Are upside down now you're making time If I give you warmth Promise you'll take it with you When it feels right Pass it on too If I give you warmth Promise you'll take it with you When it feels right Pass it on too Feel the water flowing over you You never miss the well 'til it's well overdue Let the rain in I understand the complaining But try to separate yourself from what is draining They say a stopped clock is right twice a day But nobody knows when that is Unless you get another clock Which kind of defeats the point Keep grounded But also let yourself be astounded Laugh at life But try to recognise the profound bits Keep your head in the clouds But always look both ways What came first The chicken or the crossing the road You can't take anything with you when you go That's why I'm having an existential moment in the supermarket Clutching my bag for life If I give you warmth Promise you'll take it with you When it feels right Pass it on too If I give you warmth Promise you'll take it with you When it feels right Pass it on too Pass it on too Pass it on too Pass it on too Pass it on too If I give you warmth Promise you'll take it with you When it feels right Pass it on too If I give you warmth Promise you'll take it with you When it feels right Pass it on too

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released October 23, 2020

All songs (c) Gecko

Produced & Mixed by Ben Mckone at Crosstown Studios, London
Mastered by Pierre Etchandy in France

Artwork by Lewis Bootle

Gecko: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Synths
Ben Mckone: Drums, MPC, Percussion, Synths, Backing Vocals
Simon Williams-Cole: Bass, Electric Guitar, Synths, Glockenspiel
Luke Allwood: Piano, Synths
Lydia Kenny: Sax, Violin
Chris Read: Piano, Backing Vocals
James Mckone: Bass
Maisie S-T: Backing Vocals
Moa Taylor Hodin: Backing Vocals

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Gecko is a London based singer-storyteller, his playful lyrics cover the big things in life; think iPhones, Libraries & Guanabana fruit juice to name but a few.

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