The "Better Times" Project

Janis Ian & Friends

Peter Ross

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 Peter’s website for more info.

From Janis: I learned of Peter Ross through Steve Baughman, an early and fervent contributor to this project. He mentioned an older friend who was urging everyone he knew to sing “Better Times Will Come”, and had half a dozen amateur choirs singing it in Zoom meetings already. I invited Peter despite his insistence that he isn’t a “real singer”, and I’m thrilled to have him here, because part of my goal is to convince people that you don’t need to be a professional to enjoy making music.

A retired mathematician who describes himself as “an old folkie”, he’s been a member of the San Francisco Folk Music Club since the late ‘60s. In his own words, Peter “doesn’t play an instrument and usually sings only in choruses and singers circles, where others can keep me on pitch.” Or, as Steve says, “Peter is well known as a generous spirit who volunteers to walk dogs and will sit down and explain mathematics free of charge to anyone who asks.” Really, I wish I lived closer to him, because I would love some explanations!!

(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