The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

John Evans

Better Times Will Come by Janis Ian Performed by John Evans
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Arrangement & lead vocal: John Evans
Underlying vocal: Janis Ian
Video by John Evans (with thanks to the amazing artists at

From Janis:  A self-described “enthusiastic amateur songwriter”, John Evans lives win Kildare, Ireland. A few years ago, his teenaged daughters challenged him to arrange and record 53 of his songs by his 53rd birthday. Calling it “The 53×53 Project”, he’s completed more than 80 so far!

John’s been battling a non-malignant tumor for several years, and counts on music to get him through some of the harder time. During lockdown, he was diagnosed with cancer, leading to more surgery last fall. On receiving the diagnosis, he decided to take a huge step and share his music publicly for the first time, starting a YouTube channel and learning to create videos to accompany his songs.

After surgery he was confined to bed, where he says that working on this version of “Better Times Will Come” became his therapy – a constant reminder to stay positive and keep going. Having been through a fairly serious surgery myself, and the long recovery, I can only admire his determination. When I saw this video I was both moved and humbled, and asked if he’d consider joining this project. Thanks to him for saying “Yes”!!

(Janis Ian)

Better times, better times will come.
Better times, better times will come.
When this world learns to live as one,
oh, better times will come

When we greet each dawn without fear
knowing loved ones soon will be near
When the winds of war
cannot blow any more
Oh, better times will come


Though we live each day as our last
we know someday soon it will pass
We will dance, we will sing
in that never-ending spring
Oh, better times will come