The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Katrien Verheijden (Dutch)

Better Times Will Come by Janis Ian Performed by Katrien Verheijden
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Katrien Verheijden – Vocals & Dutch translation
Jeroen Koning – Guitar & vocals
Fons Toonen – Double Bass & vocals

From Janis: Here’s Katrien Verheijden, joining us from the Netherlands with her own adaptation of “Better Times Will Come”. We met in 2017, when she began working on a beautiful album of my work, Echo’s In Mijn Hoofd (“Echos in My Head”). Along with guitarist Jeroen Koning and double bassist Fons Toonen (both featured here as well), she re-imagined thirteen of my songs, eight of them with brand-new Dutch translations. We also did two duets as part of it, and the album’s success made me so proud that my work is still recognized in the Netherlands, a place I’ve always loved. So of course, it was only natural to invite her to this project! 

BETERE TIJDEN (Better Times Will Come) 
Adapted for Dutch by Katrien Verheijden  

Een nieuwe dag, 
een nieuwe dag breekt aan.
Een nieuwe tijd,
een nieuwe tijd breekt aan.
Als we leren elkaar te verstaan,
breken betere tijden aan

Als de ochtend weer ademt in mij
en ik jou weer mag zien, ben ik vrij.
Is de storm uitgeraasd
die de stilte weerkaatst
breken betere tijden aan

Nu ons leven totaal is ontwricht
Zoek ik hoop op een nieuw evenwicht
Met dans en met zang
leven wij een lente lang
breken betere tijden aan

BETTER TIMES WILL COME (Janis Ian) direct English translation

A new day, a new day is dawning 
A new time, a new time is dawning
If we learn to understand each other,
better times are coming

When the morning breathes in me again
and I’m able to see you again, I am free
When the storm has blown 
that reflects the silence 
better times arrive

Now that our lives are completely disrupted 
I search for hope in a new balance
With dancing and singing
We live a spring-length
Better times are coming