The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

John Cowan, Wendy Waldman & Andrea Zonn

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 John’s website and Facebook page for more info.
Check Wendy’s website and Facebook page for more info.
Check Andrea’s website and Facebook page for more info.

John Cowan – bass, vocals
Wendy Waldman – keyboards, vocals
Andrea Zonn – fiddle, vocals
Tom Britt – electric guitar
Scott Babcock – drums

From Janis: Well. Wow. Here are three artists I’ve admired for decades, coming together to support the Better Times Project. I spoke with Andrea Zonn months ago, when the pandemic began, hoping she’d contribute a version of her own. Instead, she reached out to John Cowan, who once sang “Days Like These” with me so beautifully it made me cry. (And don’t get me started on his playing… suffice to say, I’m jealous every time I hear him.) As though the two of them weren’t enough, Andrea added Wendy Waldman to the mix. Speaking of great writers, inevitably I’ll be watching a film like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert or The Firm and the final song will come on. It’ll get stuck in my head all night, and when I look it up the next morning, it’s usually a song by Wendy.

As to Andrea herself, she’s one of the most generous people I know. When I had lunch with her and Alison Brown a few years back, I wanted to ask if they’d participate in a free event honoring Miriam Theresa Winter, I barely got out “I was wondering if you’d – “ and both said “Yes” immediately. Brilliant fiddler, brilliant singer, brilliant mom, her online classes and dialogues during lockdown are a source of strength and wisdom, with a good dose of humanity as well.

It’s a rare pleasure for me to welcome three friends to this project, all at once, with a version completely unlike any other. Enjoy their work!!

(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