UP!

by Kim Bingham

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Kim's latest album "UP!", a collection of upbeat pop-rock songs was recorded in L.A. with producer John Kastner (Doughboys, All Systems Go) and musicians Gene Trautmann (Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal), Jason Falkner (Jellyfish), and Chris Thorn (Blind Melon), and mixed by Mathias Schneeberger (Joseph Arthur, Burning Brides, Twilight Singers). Additional production on songs “Party Girl” and “Up (Creature Remix)” were done with Creature and friends formerly of The Dears in Montreal.

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released 27 August 2012

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Kim Bingham Montréal, Québec

Kim Bingham began in Montreal ska band Me Mom & Morgentaler and has toured with Nelly Furtado, Bran Van 3000 and David Usher. After solo albums as Mudgirl, The Kim Band and a soundtrack for "Les Invincibles", Kim Bingham's upbeat 5th studio album "UP!" was recorded with musicians Gene Trautmann (Queens of The Stone Age), Jason Falkner (Jellyfish), and Chris Thorn (Blind Melon) in L.A. and Mtl. ... more

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Track Name: Bel Ami
BEL AMI

There’s a war
Going on inside your head
And it’s got you feeling so bad
That you don’t know what to do
You go to work
Whether morning’s sunny or grey
As the time bleeds into the days
It leaves your hot red blood cold blue

So I’m turning to you
Can’t you love the disease Bel Ami
I got some beautiful blues
Then we can do as we please Bel Ami

How you long
For a lucky streak that would stay
I remember grand golden days
When you’d play your hand and win
We get along
On a deed a trick or a tale
Find our way to ships’ll sail
Feel the sun upon our skin

So I’m turning to you
Can’t you love the disease Bel Ami
I got some beautiful blues
Then we can do as we please Bel Ami

When fake applicants come flocking
With bouquets and funny talking
You can turn them away
You’re the perfect dream to show up
As we watch the whole world blow up into
Thin white haired cliché
Then we’ll find our peace of mind
You and me
Bel Ami

So I’m turning to you
Can’t you love the disease Bel Ami
I got some beautiful blues
Then we can do as we please Bel Ami

(words & music © Kim Bingham)
Track Name: Get Lucky
GET LUCKY

Cleared the cobwebs from my mind
I hear the bells, I watch the sunrise
All set to join the races
I roll around for my first places

They set the numbers way up high
Just wind me up so I’m ready to fly
Hit the wall won’t fall to pieces
I learned the judge don’t call a recess
I lost the attitude
Dropped the kick of being rude

Now I wanna get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Do you wanna get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Get lucky in love

I bounce hard all around this maze
Built for speed and your multiple plays
No chance they stop the picture
No more rolling over my main features
I won’t judge this heart’s success
By the depth of one caress

Now I wanna get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Do you wanna get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Get lucky in love

(Hey you stop there)
Are you seeing what I’m seeing
(Hey ho let’s go)
Feeling kinda European

Now I wanna get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Do you wanna get lucky in love
Get lucky in love
Get lucky in love

(words& music © Kim Bingham)
Track Name: Up!
UP!

For Heaven’s sake stop climbing the walls
That make your reach impossible
You’re hungry for release

We keep working up in spite of it all
The climb is age-old ritual
And I can hardly breathe
Still I’m hearing a calling in the breeze

Life’s getting loud and I’m lost in the waves
Turn it up
I follow the sound I hear the music say
Turn it up

The message I hear comes through loud and clear
It leads you like a pioneer
With miles ahead I see
Eyes in the walls get small as we rise
Leave the envy in disguise
We all get deceived
It’s all becoming what you believe

Life’s getting loud and I’m lost in the waves
Turn it up
I follow the sound I hear the music say
Turn it up
Up

Despite it all
It’s ritual
You hear the call

If it’s all for the taking
Let’s play it like we only win
In a new direction

Life’s getting loud and I’m lost in the waves
I follow the sound I hear the music say
Turn it up
Turn it up

Life’s getting loud and I’m lost in the waves
Turn it up
I follow the sound I hear the music say
Turn it up
Up


(words & music: © Kim Bingham)
Track Name: Sweet Irene
SWEET IRENE

Holding hands you're out for a walk
He sat you down
Said you gotta talk
He's breaking up with you for what reason
While you're looking for a man for all seasons
Someone who'll take care of your heart
Who won't press stop when you wanna start

No shutting her off when she's ready to go
You better warn him run for cover
Coz it's lock and load

Sweet Irene
Why you so mean
Sweet Irene Sweet Irene

You've been laying low for a while
Watching the girls always cop your style
Freaky how they eat up your breakdown
So you're coming back to give them a shakedown
Mama's little angel face
Until you open your mouth then nobody's safe

No shutting her off when she's ready to go
You better warn them run for cover
Better hit the road

Sweet Irene
Why you so mean
Sweet Irene Sweet Irene
Sweet Irene (Have you got what she's looking for)
Why you so mean (If you do you're gonna learn the score)
Sweet Irene Sweet Irene

Chere Irene
Tu profites d'une telle beauté
C'est quoi la peine d'etre si amere
Choissis l'amour
Et sort ton coeur de l'enfer

(Guitar solo)

She's a beauty queen She's a real hot mess
Out there looking for your friends Hail an SOS

Sweet Irene
Why you so mean
Sweet Irene Sweet Irene Why you so mean
Sweet Irene (Have you got what she's looking for)
Sweet Irene (If you do you're gonna learn the score)
Sweet Irene (Have you got what she's looking for)
Sweet Irene (If you do you're gonna learn the score)...


(words & music © Kim Bingham)
Track Name: Party Girl
PARTY GIRL

La pluie coulait sur moi en fontaine 

collait ma robe à mes lignes 

Et même trempée je gardais en tête

Les mots que tu m’avais dits
Tu voulais me garder 
pour toi tout seul

J’evitais ma tendance
Dans cette histoire impossible
Toujours laisser une derniere chance
Toutes tes paroles me séduisent
J’n’avais qu’une idée

Toi et moi seuls

Même si je ne suis

Rien qu’une party girl

Un papillon qui rentre en transe

Dans la moiteur des pistes de danse


iens dans ma nuit

Rejoins ta party girl

Avant que le matin nous raisonne

Occupe-toi de moi en personne

J’ai émis des signaux de détresse

sur notre fréquence intime

Tu as capté les s.o.s.

qui se perdaient dans le vide
Tu voulais me garder 

pour toi tout seul

Même si je ne suis

Rien qu’une party girl

Une libellule qui se déhanche

Sous les spot lights des pistes de danse


Rejoins ma nuit

Rejoins ta party girl

Avant que le matin nous raisonne

Occupe -toi de moi en personne

Fais de moi tout ce que t’affectionnes

Écris-moi des voyelles des consonnes

Je ne suis qu’une poupée qui se donne
Oh rejoins ma nuit

Rejoins ma nuit

Rejoins ta party girl
Occupe-toi de moi en personne


(musique: Kim Bingham,paroles: Franck Deweare & Kim Bingham)
Track Name: Recipe
RECIPE

CATCH TWO WILD HEARTS
REIGN THEM IN
CUE THE ROMANCE AND VIOLIN
THEY’LL TAKE A CHANCE AND LIVE HAPPILY
WITH THIS RECIPE

PART MAKE BELIEVE
ADD SUMMER SKIES
DRINK ENDLESS WINE
DROWN IN OCEAN TIDES
BIND WITH LOVE OF THE HIGHEST DEGREE
FOR THIS RECIPE

NOTHING’S ALRIGHT
WITHOUT IT
YOU CAN’T DO BETTER THAN THIS
WHEN OUR LIPS MEET IT’S OPPORTUNITY KISSED
HOLD ON TIGHT
SAVE YOUR PRAYERS
WE’RE HALFWAY THERE

IT GROWS LIKE VINES
UNDER YOUR SKIN
IF YOU’RE TOO SCARED TO BEGIN

GOT NO RULES NO GUARANTEE
MIGHT FEEL SOME PAIN
BUT ADMISSION’S FREE
TAKE A LEAP OFF REALITY
TRY THIS RECIPE
IT’S OUR RECIPE
IT’S OUR RECIPE



(words & music ©Kim Bingham)
Track Name: The Edge You Walk
THE EDGE YOU WALK

I done wrong
Now I’m done losing
Out of games you play unfair
Throw an answer to your victim
Give a sign that you’re still there

The world is kind Leaves you behind
Out on the edge
Out on the edge you walk

Every sight every sound on this barren street
Leaves a trace that disappears
I hear the echo of my heartbeat
I feel time's end coming near

The world is wild For a restless child
Out on the edge
Out on the edge you walk

All your dreams
Rusty schemes
Fit you only
Sipping wealth
By yourself
Does it leave you lonely

When the truth rolls out from your shadow
Have a drink and face it down
Got no shame to dig from the marrow
Got no reason to be bowed

Your foes may try
You'll never die
Out on the edge Out on the edge
Out on the edge you walk


(Words & Music © Kim Bingham)
Track Name: Incredible Places
INCREDIBLE PLACES

On the other side of Mercury
Time is slowly slipping into space
You’re hanging off the edge of seventeen
Stuck inside an ordinary pace

Then one day he came up from behind
Looking like the VIP inside
Asking if you want to go along
Get on the extraordinary ride

Arrow through your heart on the map says
To incredible places
Headed for the sweet embraces
Of incredible places

Looking out your window to the void
You feel like your best is unemployed
Happy but when you’re still you’re bored
Running from the lives you had before

That one day she came up from behind
Looking like the VIP inside
Asking if you want to go along
Get on this extraordinary ride

Arrow through your heart on the map says
To incredible places
Headed for the sweet embraces
Of incredible places

Arrow through your heart on the map says
To incredible places
Fall into the sweet embraces
Of incredible places

Incredible places
Incredible places
Incredible places


(words & music © Kim Bingham )
Track Name: Hard Act To Follow
HARD ACT TO FOLLOW

There's a lot of good acts around
Plenty of profound performers
But there's only one, who really gets through to me
Whenever you come on I light up
Everything you do goes down well
I can tell, after you it's all downhill

Proving you're a hard act to follow
You're a hard act to follow

You make it difficult (so) difficult
Hard act to follow, you're a hard act to follow
Keeping me at arms length, sapping my strength from a distance
Hard act to follow

Watch a lot of foreign movies
See a lot of late night TV
Looking for a girl to distract me from what you are
Try to lose my concentration
Acting out of sheer frustration
I go out at night, but after you it doesn't feel right

Proving you're a hard act to follow
You're a hard act to follow
You make it difficult, so difficult
Hard act to follow you're a hard act to follow
Keeping me at arms length, sapping my strength from a distance
Hard act to follow

There's a lot of good acts around
Plenty of profound performers
But there's only one, who really gets through to me
And I'm not looking for an actress
No, no, no, no saki hostess
All I want is you and you and you and you and you
Encore, encore, encore, encore

Proving you're a hard act to follow
You're a hard act to follow
You make it difficult to even think of taking in another play
Hard act to follow, you're a hard act to follow
Keeping me at arms length, sapping my strength from a distance
Lie like Ophelia
Proving you're a mean scene stealer
Proving you're a hard act to follow
Hard act to follow (repeat and vary til fade)

(Tim Finn)
Track Name: The Heroes Take
THE HEROES TAKE

Here we are
We’re the leaders of our world
And we break the rules when they don’t mean nothing
Our flag unfurls
Call it anything you want
You can follow coz the crusade has just begun

The heroes take an eye for an eye
Raise the stakes
Pay the highest price for freedom

We’re lifting off
On a mission to the stars
Bound forever to the point we’ll get torn apart

The heroes take an eye for an eye
Raise the stakes
Pay the highest price for freedom

All this time
You got a lot to lose
You got a lot to win
Say your goodbyes before you begin
In battle
Read the names of
All the champions that you face off

Our flag unfurls
Call it anything you want
You can follow coz the crusade has just begun

The heroes take an eye for an eye
Raise the stakes
Pay the highest price for free



(musique: Jean-Francois Rivard & Kim Bingham, paroles: Kim Bingham)
Track Name: Spotlight
SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight spotlight
Tearing up red canopy
Slicing through the fruit trees
Turning on the latest star
And hunting down the refugee

Spotlight spotlight draws you straight to it
It makes you run and hide
It will always find you
It’s coming up behind you
Lighting up your best side

Run run run run run
When it’s burning like the sun sun sun sun sun
Does somebody want to steal you from your spotlight

Staring in its mesmerizing public eye
You lose your mind
It eats life
The white beauty burns when you hold onto it tight
It’s outta sight
So want to be popular
When will you get what you deserve
Feel its glow now here’s you turn
To shine you star you’ll learn you better

Run run run run run
When it’s burning like the sun sun sun sun sun
Does somebody want to steal you from your spotlight
Run run run run run
Don’t you wanna have some fun fun fun fun fun
Everybody needs a little spotlight

Run run run run run
When it’s burning like the sun sun sun sun sun
Does somebody want to steal you from your spotlight
Run run run run run
Don’t you wanna have some fun fun fun fun fun
Everybody needs a little spotlight
Light shines out my head Out my soul until I’m dead
Light shines out my head Out my soul until I’m dead
Light shines out my head Out my soul until I’m dead
Then I walk into the big bright spotlight
Track Name: Open Letter
OPEN LETTER

To the unanswered masses
To all classes
To those forgotten
From my heart

Through the battle
Through the downpour
To the end
To the end

To the smiling stranger
To my fickle friends
To our wild laughter
From my heart

Through the chaos
Through the hunger
Through the malice
Through the bother
To the end
To the end

They tell you
Spread your wings fly baby fly
Pushed into the sky you get so high
There’s no one to ask the way home
So we make the road our own

Through the fire
Through the winter
Through the ashes
Through my daughter
To the end
To the end



(words & music © Kim Bingham)