The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Noel Stookey & Friends

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 Noel’s website for more info.

Maureen McGovern – lead vocal
Paul Sullivan – piano & bass 
Pat Humphries & Sandy Opatow/Emma’s Revolution – vocals 
Noel Paul Stookey – guitar and vocal
Eddie Mottau – guitar 
Tom Chapin, BG vocals 
Jess Jessop, BG vocals 
Tom Paxton, BG vocals 

From Janis: I’m going to chime in here quickly, before everyone runs to these folks’ websites to hear their fantastic work, and thank Noel for his patience and persistence. I’ve known him since I was about 16 and Mary Travers was living next door, coming over to shoot a game of pool once in a while. He and his daughter, Elizabeth Sunde, also run Music to Life, working with all types of musicians to spread joy and social consciousness across the world. Love this and send it to your friends, because music is for everyone!

Behind the scenes thanks to Doug Cameron, Michael McInnis, Gary Mankin, Cam Sawzin, Dave Snyder and John Stuart. Additional visuals courtesy Christopher Moss (YouTube) and contributors to Videvo and YouTube

(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