The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Elijah Nisenboim

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 Elijah’s website and YouTube channel for more info.

From Janis: Elijah was working as a songwriter until 1991, when he discovered “breathwork” and became a teacher and practicioner of same. He came to the project via my Facebook page, and he said some wonderful things about “At Seventeen” in his note to me – that it was the first real song he’d heard that turned his heart upside down… When he was only eleven he’d go to the skating rink with a girl he loved innocently, and they’d wait for “At Seventeen”, then skate away. Forty-six years later, his 26-year-old daughter gave him an audio book she’d been listening to by someone named “Janis Ian” because she thought it would resonate with him. She also encouraged him to record “Better Times Will Come”, he sent it to me, and here we are!

(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