Can't Know All the Songs

by Gecko

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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

credits

released June 19, 2020
Produced and mixed by Ben Mckone at Crosstown studios, Hornsey, London
Mastered by Pierre Etchandy in France

Vocals, synths-Gecko
Drums, programming-Ben Mckone
Bass, Electric guitar-Simon Williams-Cole
Synths-Luke Allwood
Sax-Lydia Kenny
Backing vocals-Chris Read
Backing vocals-Moa Taylor Hodin
Backing vocals-Maisie S-T

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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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