I'm writing lyrics for a song, and I want to say "you don't have to know", but for the sake of the timing I came up with "knowing is not due" is that ok? Thanks!
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No. "Due" in this context would be expected to mean "owed", or perhaps "scheduled to arrive, or to have arrived", eg "My homework isn't due till tomorrow".
If you look at synonyms for "mandatory"*, you'll see that "due" isn't there. "required" or "essential" would be natural fits, but probably mess your rhythm up.
EDIT: Below is a list of places where i have checked that synonyms of "mandatory" do not include "due", for EdwinAshworth, who has pointed out that making a definitive statement like this without proper citations is beneath the scholarly standard expected of a good answer: