The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Children Of Old South Church

Listen to or download the song.

Play this on the jukebox and listen to a lot of other versions too.
You can also download all the different musical versions, in the order they went up.

Check the Old South Church’s website and Facebook page for more info.
Make sure to read about Kate Nintcheu, the director of the OSC (Old South Children).

From Janis: Kate Nintcheu, who for want of a better description is music director and videographer for the OSC “kids”, happens to be the sister of Andrea Rosal of Andrea’s Open Mic, one of the first participants here. Kate reached out to me and the moment I saw this video, I knew it had to become part of the project. OSC is one of the oldest churches in America, with an emphasis on “Welcome to all”, it was established in 1669 by Congregationalist dissenters from Boston’s ‘First Church’. Their entire website is a joy, inclusive and welcoming. The video itself makes me happy every single time I watch it, and I hope it does the same for you.  

(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