Dutch Songs Worth Listening To – #1 ‘Stil In Mij’ by Van Dik Hout (1994)

Now, I have never cared much for Dutch music growing up. It was hardly ever any good and the Dutch language is really not a nice language to listen to. In the ten years I lived in England I never once felt the urge to explore Dutch music. I have now moved back to the Netherlands and am once again regularly exposed to the delights of Dutch songs. However, I have discovered that there are actually a few rare instances that they seem half decent.

I thought I’d highlight some of those and add the song and a translation of the lyrics, so they make a little more sense.

The first one in this series is ‘Stil In Mij’ by Van Dik Hout (Of Thick Wood – …er…yes). I remember this one as one of the very few Dutch songs I liked as a teenager.

Original Dutch lyrics with translation:

Kom bij me zitten sla je arm om me heen en houd me stevig vast
Al die gezichten bekend maar beleefd of ik een vreemde was
Vanavond toont het leven zijn ware gezicht

Come and sit with me, put your arm around me and hold me tightly
All those faces, familiar but polite as if I was a stranger
Tonight life is showing its true colours

Kom bij me liggen sla je lijf om me heen ik heb het koud gehad
We moeten winnen, de schijn is gemeen en wordt van ons verwacht
Vanavond toont de liefde haar ware gezicht

Come and lie down with me, put your body around me, I have been cold
We have to win, the appearances are mean and are expected of us
Tonight love is showing its true colours

Het is zo stil in mij ik heb nergens woorden voor
Het is zo stil in mij en de wereld draait maar door

It’s so quiet inside me, I do not have words for anything
It’s so quiet inside me and the world just keeps on turning

Kom bij me zitten sla je arm om me heen en houd me stevig vast
Al die gezichten en en jij alleen zoals je gister was
Vanavond toon jij je ware gezicht

Come and sit with me, put your arm around me and hold me tightly
All those faces and only you as you were yesterday
Tonight you are showing your true colours

Kom bij me liggen sla je lijf om me heen ik heb het koud gehad
Je hoeft niks meer te zeggen de waarheid spreekt al uit ons oogcontact
Vanavond tonen wij ons ware gezicht

Come and lie down with me, put your body around me, I have been cold
You do not need to say anything, the truth speaks from our eye contact
Tonight we are showing our true colours

Het is zo stil in mij, ik heb nergens woorden voor
Het is zo stil in mij en de wereld draait maar door
Het is zo stil in mij, ik heb nergens woorden voor
Zo stil in mij…

It’s so quiet inside me, I do not have words for anything
It’s so quiet inside me and the world just keeps on turning
It’s so quiet inside me, I do not have words for anything
So quiet inside me

Iedereen kijkt maar niemand zegt wat hij denkt
Iedereen lijkt maar niemand is wie je denkt
en het is zo ……… stil in mij

Everyone watches but no one says what he thinks
Everyone appears but no one is who you think
And it’s so…. Quiet inside me

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I do apologise if the translation is a bit off, as I am a terrible translator!