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I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

This song is by Genesis and appears…

This song has been covered by Fish under the title "I Know What I Like".
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I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
It's one o'clock and time for lunch
Dum dee dum dee dum
When the sun beats down
And I lie on the bench
I can always hear them talk

There's always been Ethel
"Jacob, wake up
You've got to tidy your room now"
And then Mr. Lewis
"Isn't it time that he was out on his own"
Over the garden wall
Two little love birds
Cuckoo to you
Keep them mowing blades sharp

I know what I like
And I like what I know
Getting better
In your wardrobe
Stepping one
Beyond your show

Sunday night
Mr. Farmer called, said
"Listen, son
You're wasting time
There's a future for you
In the fire-escape trade
Come up to town"

But I remembered a voice from the past
"Gambling only pays when you're winning"
I had to thank old Miss Mort
For schooling a failure
Keep them mowing blades sharp

I know what I like
And I like what I know
Getting better
In your wardrobe
Stepping one
Beyond your show

I know what I like
And I like what I know
Getting better
In your wardrobe
Stepping one
Beyond your show

When the sun beats down
And I lie on the bench
I can always hear them talk
Me
I'm just a lawnmower
You can tell me by the way I walk

TriviaEdit

Armando Gallo reveals 'the inspiration for Peter's lyrics in "I Know What I Like" came from a painting by Betty Swanwick, which he saw at an exhibition. Peter immediately noted down the characters of the song on the exhibition catalogue, and later on Betty Swanwick agreed to make some additions and enlarge her painting for the cover of Selling England by the Pound.' One addition was the lawn mower, which was not present in the original painting. It fits in nicely with the English themed covers of the last 3 albums.

This allegedly was written for Genesis' roadie from 1971-1973. His name was Jacob Finster, and he could never hold jobs - he was a lawn mower, a pawn store clerk and a cashier. By the time he died, he worked in a doughnut shop where he overdosed on heroin.

Much to the disapproval of everyone else, the protagonist in the song is rebuking modern society and all its vices (consumerism, careerism, etc.) in favor of a simpler life. He may be regarded as an underachiever but he is content in the knowledge that he is creating beauty.

Art is perhaps the only medium where one need know nothing, yet still be a critic: we all know the chestnut, "I may not know art, but I know what i like." This can also be viewed in a negative sense, where, after all, art is something worthy of knowing about - to ignore it is to set your sights low. This has led one reviewer to say that in this song - "the uselessness of the upper class youth is pointed out in I Know What I Like (in your wardrobe).

The origin of the phrase "I may not know Art, but I know what I Like" is uncertain. My favourite instance of it is during the Last Supper sketch of Monty Python during their "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" film. In it, the Pope tells the painter (Michelangelo?) that he doesn't want his painting of the Penultimate Supper with three Christs and a Kangaroo - he wanted what he ordered, and ends the sketch with the phrase.

The Garden Wall was the name of one of the Charterhouse groups that contained future members of Genesis.

The Farmer, who's trade is apparently escaping from the fire, comes straight out of Supper's Ready.

"getting better in your wardrobe" - some relation to the Chronicles of Narnia, or another reference to the British obsession with cross dressing like Pink Floyd's Arnold Layne?

Written by:

Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford

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