The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Wim van Ommen

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 Wim’s band Uke22’s website for more info.

Wim van Ommen – Ukelele, Sopranino & Baritone ukelele, vocals, mixing.
Mastering of MP3 courtesy Bandlab.

From Janis: I know almost nothing about Wim except that every time I look at the photo he sent, I smile. He seems to be having such a wonderful time singing and playing! As you can see from the background in the video, he’s also got an amazing collection of instruments. He says “Making music is a hobby of mine, I play the Ukulele. I play all sizes from Sopranino (really small), up to the Baritone which is much larger and is tuned like the high strings of a guitar. I enjoy making music with my band UKE22.” 

One of the biggest fun times I’ve had with this project was looking up the UKE22 project, where I read “…we take the songs of the Irish supergroup U2, and bring them, accompanied by ukulele, bass and drums/percussion, back to their bare essentials. This immediately brings out the hidden mysterious magic of these songs.” As a huge U2 fan myself, their Youtube videos made me almost as happy as Wim’s cover photo!

(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