The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Scout Ford featuring Jeff Lake

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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.

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Check Jeff’s Facebook page, Instagram account and YouTube channel for more info.

Featured vocalist: Scout Ford
Instruments, BG vox, production: Jeff Lake

From Janis: Those of you who’ve been following the Better Times Project are probably familiar with Jeff Lake, whose early rendition blew everyone away. The harmonies alone made me grin every time I hear it.

Well, let me introduce you to Jeff’s friend and colleague of fifteen years, Scout Ford. It’s a pretty unique relationship; for instance, the two of them visited Gettysburg together a few years ago. Scout did two tours with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, whose composer (Paul O’Neill, sadly gone from us now) was one of my favorite lyricists. (Anyone who can name a song “Gutter Ballet” and make it work is good in my book.) He’s a well-known session singer in New York, where he resides.

(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