The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Tom Mitchell

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 Tom’s Facebook page for more info.

From Janis: I met Tom decades ago, when I first moved to Nashville. We bonded over music, of course – he’d come out of the ’60’s folk scene in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. , home of the world famous “Caffe Lena”. He sang and played on a record by Utah Phillips, one of my own heroes, which led to his own release on Philo Records. A fellow songwriter whose work’s been recorded by the great Rosalie Sorrels, among others, we stayed nodding acquaintances through 30 years of change for both of us – job descriptions, finances, housing, you name it. Tom’s was always the first face I looked for when he worked at a local store, but we lost touch when he finally got to “retire”, and I moved away shortly after. Strolling around YouTube one evening, his version popped out at me. I immediately posted a “Get in touch, please!”, invited him to the project, and started catching up on what he’d been doing the past few years. Which was, returning to his first big love, making music. I’m happy for Tom, but happier for me, because I get to hear him sing again!

(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