The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Kalungi Solomon with John Bowman

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 Kalungi’s Facebook page for more info.
Check out John’s Facebook page for more info.
Check out The Stables website for more info.

Vocalist: Kalungi Solomon
Pianist, arranger: John Bowman

From Janis: I’d asked one of my favorite venues, The Stables of Milton Keynes, if they had any artists who might become involved with this project. John Bowman runs a recording studio for young people there and is heavily involved in education and community engagement, while Kalungi Solomon is based in Kampala, Uganda. Despite being unable to meet because of Covid-19 restrictions, John reached out to Kalungi and they managed to create this piece long distance. Yet again, proof that music has no borders, and artists will somehow find one another, regardless.

Special thanks to Monica Ferguson and The Stables Theatre of Wavendon, UK for their assistance!

(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