The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Kathy Chaplain

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 Kathy’s YouTube channel for more info.

From Janis: Born in New Orleans, Kathy Chaplain fell in love with the guitar at age fourteen, and hasn’t put it down since. She went on to get a B.A. in music from California State University, Fullerton, and is currently a music teacher as well as a member of the Orange County Guitar Orchestra, or OCGO. Kathy says that when she first heard “Better Times Will Come”, it inspired her to pick up her guitar and create this fingerstyle arrangement – it reminded me so much of my early days as a would-be guitarist learning Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight Train”, and I thought it belonged here. * If you wait until almost the very end, you’ll see her wonderful smile shine through!

(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