The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Janis Ian (Christine Lavin)

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.

Videographer: Christine Lavin.

From Janis: I’ve known Chris for decades; when I was making a “comeback” and hit the Philly Folk Festival for the first time in years and years, it was Chris who grabbed me as I entered the dining hall, and introduced me to John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler and more. I watched her one evening as she took her baton twirling act on stage and marvelled at her versatility. She’s moved from twirling to songwriting to playing to recording to coordinating Monday nights at Birdland, and now, on to videography. She never ceases to amaze me.

(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