Kim Bonfils

Kim Bonfils

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Modern singer/songwriter, combining melancholy and danceable rhythms

Biography

Bonfils was born in 1960 and started writing music at the age of eight. He experimented with electronic music on the earliest generation of synthesizers.

He studied musicology at the university of Aarhus, but dropped out after three years to concentrate on playing keyboards and writing songs for off-beat Danish new wave band, D.N.D. Bonfils left the group in 1989 and it disbanded a few months later.

Since then, Bonfils has played in and written for rock bands in various genres from new wave to glam rock to indie. He has produced music for theatre, films and computer games. He toured for a couple of years as part of the standup comedy duo Megabody and Bonfils for which he also wrote all music.

Today, Bonfils plays keyboards in indie rock band Neon Machine. Simultaneously, he is pursuing a solo career, combining electronica with classical songwriting.

Lyrics

The Same Mistake

Written By: Bonfils

If this hand of mine
Only had a gentle touch
I would move the world
But I wouldn’t move it that much
And I know it’s true
When they say this too shall pass
Make no sudden moves
Everything is made of glass

Do you imagine
If it’s important
It cannot break?
It’s a shame
But have you noticed
It tears my heart out
To make the same mistake?
But still I do

In this frozen field
Break the surface where I go
And the tracks I made
Will be there as long as the snow
If this love of ours
Can endure the shock of me
I would have to say
It should last eternally

Do you imagine
If it’s important
It cannot break?
It’s a shame
But have you noticed
It tears my heart out
To make the same mistake?

But still I do declare today
I could reduce the ancient wonders
Of the world to burning rubble
In the twinkling of an eye
Oh, you just watch me
You just watch me

Do you imagine
If it’s important
It cannot break?
It’s a shame
But have you noticed
It tears my heart out
To make the same mistake?

Wrong Turn

Written By: Bonfils

Must have made a wrong turn
Somewhere on the way
Back then I didn’t know it
And I’m still not sure today

Must have been a warning
Some kind of hidden sign
How could I not have noticed?
Why was I so blind?

So this is where I ended up
It’s not what I had planned
No turning back. No second chance
And I still don’t understand

Everyone I cared for
That I met along the way
I never meant to hurt them
But I hurt them every day

So this is where I ended up
It’s not what I had planned
No turning back. No second chance
And I still don’t understand

Must have made a wrong turn
Somewhere on the way
Back then I didn’t know it
And I’m still not sure today

The question keeps returning
As I lie awake at night
What could I have accomplished
If I’d only got it right?

Dead on Impact

Written By: Bonfils

A hundred years from now
Every thought I have will be gone
Like the pain I feel inside
And life goes on

And I will never know
The reason why or what good did it do
To hurt myself this way
Hurting you

A bird falls from the sky
Dead on impact – dead on impact
Crashes to the sidewalk
Dead on impact – dead on impact
And no-one knows what for

A hundred years from now
Someone who’s not even born today
Will walk these streets
Feeling the same way

She won’t know my thoughts
There’s no way she can even know my name
She’ll never guess that here today
I felt the same

A bird falls from the sky
Dead on impact – dead on impact
Crashes to the sidewalk
Dead on impact – dead on impact
And no-one knows what for

Everything I Never Did

Written By: Bonfils

And so
It seems
I’ve spent my life just getting rid of dreams
Of how
To make my little corner of the world
More than it is now

And everything I never did
I remember anyway
And everything I’ve yet to do
I still recall like it was yesterday

It’s called
Success
To let never them find out I’m a mess
Whose fate
Is peddling my imaginary goods
To people that I hate

And everything I never did
I remember anyway
And everything I’ve yet to do
I still recall like it was yesterday

Hesitate
Elaborate
Break your soul apart
Much too late
To contemplate
A new and better start

And everything I never did
I remember anyway
And everything I’ve yet to do
I still recall like it was yesterday

Art

Written By: Bonfils

The line stayed with me,
Spoken, it would seem,
By the kind of voice you hear
Waking from a dream
These are the words
That have been going through my mind
A manifesto of a new and urgent kind

Art
Is trying
To make sense
Of it all

Like the caveman
Painting pictures of his prey
Of how he caught it
Or the one that got away
Why the need to reproduce
What’s already there?
To investigate, to demonstrate and share?

Art
Is trying
To make sense
Of it all

Every Now and Then

Written By: Bonfils

No-one told you that there
Were no answers to the
Many questions that they
Just keep asking you and

No-one ever thought of
Changing anything
Because it’s always been the
Same and you just
Take your time

But still you feel
Every now and then
You’ll never make it
Anyway
But then again
Every now and then
You feel you did
Though you’re not certain what it means

I can still recall the
Days I spent in silent
Wonder at the things you
Told me you could do and

We were young and we were
So much brighter then but
Now those days are over
We have no excuses left

The Airplane Song

Written By: Kim Bonfils

As our plane explodes in mid-air
The entire right side blown away
The oxygen masks dangle before me
But the sky sure is blue today
You grab my hand and ask me
“Is this the end? Just like this?”
I think for a second, then turn to you
And say “I’m afraid it is”

And as the plane spins out of control
We can regret all that we’ve ever done
But who can say how to live your life?
You never know how or when it is gone.
I can the regret the mistakes that I made
If I forget what I made them for
Regret that I’ve wasted too much time
Or that I didn’t waste it more

We’re falling at maximum speed now
I’m sure it won’t be long
But still, to die by your side
Sounds so much better in a song
The nearest exit may be behind you
But looking back is always tough
Even if you are a frequent flyer
You still feel you haven’t flown enough

If I don’t wake from this dream
I’ll never wake up again

Old Enough to Know

Written By: Bonfils

You ask me if I loved her
And I did - all those years ago
But is that now behind me?
I’m afraid the answer’s no.

‘Cause I don’t believe that love is lost forever
I don’t think you can let the feelings go
We all pretend and I suppose it’s best for those involved
But you and I are old enough to know

They say that love’s a blessing
But you know when it becomes a curse
You may still love another
Which I guess just makes it even worse

And I don’t believe that love is lost forever
I don’t think you can let the feelings go
We all pretend and I suppose it’s best for those involved
But you and I are old enough to know

I cannot be your first love
But I can hope to be your last
I’ll share you with your memories
Like you share me with my past

‘Cause I don’t believe that love is lost forever
I don’t think you can let the feelings go
We all pretend and I suppose it’s best for those involved
But you and I are old enough to know

Discography

D.N.D.: Flere Sange om Sex og Arbejde (LP, 1986)
Megabody: Momenter af Ufattelig Sk�nhed (LP, 1987)
D.N.D.: Det Hele er saa Underligt (LP, 1987)
D.N.D.: Romantik-tak (LP, 1989)
Megabody & Bonfils: Ska' I Ha' Den Fede? (LP, 1995)
Neon Machine: Suzie (Where Are You) (CDS, 2004 - available at iTunes)
Neon Machine: Just for You (CDS, 2005 - available at iTunes)
Neon Machine: How Can Something so Easy be so Hard? (CDS, 2007 - available at iTunes)
Neon Machine: On What Deserted Island With No Hope of Rescue Is This? (CDS, 2008 - available at iTunes)