The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Mary Bisson

Better Times Will Come by Janis Ian Performed by Mary Bisson
  1. Better Times Will Come Mary Bisson 2:14


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From Janis: If memory serves, Mary and I first met through her brother, the author Terry Bisson. Considered one of the best short story writers in the world, Terry and I were emailing back and forth one day about a classical piece, and he casually mentioned that his sister played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Somehow, I began corresponding with her, and when I began this project she was one of the first people I invited. She played Third Horn with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for 34 years, was on faculty at the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University for 14 years, and also managed to work with the Sunderman Music Conservatory at Gettysburg College. Between all that, she managed to be a founding member of the Barry Tuckwell Institute and serve as its director. Now retired, you can find her as she is in this video, with her dogs nearby, and crickets chirping loudly enough to provide a second soundtrack!

(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