From a 2002 radio show as well as some experimental stuff


Scott and Paul Sing the Blues


From a 2002 radio show as well as some experimental stuff


Scott and Paul Sing the Blues

Paul Arenson and Scott
Seeley introduce folk and folk blues (1980s)

There is a segment at the end of the video that was inadvertantly left in during editing, Paul on a local Japanese singing contest around 1982.

Music Videos 
Paul Arenson opening for David Rovics 2008
David Rovics in Japan 2008
Or here.


Hibakusha, Our Life to Live 2006

TokyoProgressive News Vol 1 (Feb 2006-Introduction)

RADIO ENGLISH: 2002-3 | Chofu FM "One Point Eikaiwa 
This was a public service language program on which I appeared and for which I created the lessons. A few appearances by Stripey.

(Chibi's story with pictures)

ANIMATION: Early-Mid 80s | Stripey Skits (Stripey is a stuffed animal/fantasy character, known for his innocense and purity. Most are these were not intended for public consumption but they are here just for the hell of it.)

NOTE: The file    

  • File 1: Kletchmer Stripey Luciban Denwa Announcement,  Luciban Denwa Song (Silent Night), Stripey condom commercial, Stripey Unchi Cologne,  Tiger Language (SHK Ho-so-), Stripey Zappa Rock Performance
  • File 2: Little Lost Tiger, Stripey Symphony Orchestra
  • File 3:  I got the Burrrrrus Again, Mister Bojangles, Les Jeus Interdits

  • EDUCATION:Early 80s-- Stories I wrote for Listening Classes at Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin: At that time, we had a coordinator who only wanted "happy selections" and who therefore eliminated some of the  sadder  ones here from the curriculum. That includes the first selection, Morris. original was on a single tape. I have divided them up nto single files.
  • File 1:Morris, a story about an old man who refuses to believe that getting old means losing the dreams of childhood.
  • File 2: Uncle Aunt, about an insect who takes a trip to a human city beleiving that people liked bugs, only to find out things are not as they seem.
  • File 3: Michael and Susan, two lovers, are at the railway station a beautiful, sunny day. Michael is going off to war.
  • File 4: Ice Cream for Nothing, I Scream for Nothing, about an ice cream salesman who has trouble selling any.
  • File 5: Bill,18-years old and suddenly blind, struggles to learn how to live all over again.
  • File 6: Why is the Ocean Salty?  This, like Ice Cream for Nothing owes its existence to stories my father told us when we were kids.
  • File 7: The Banana Salesman, a story about bargains too good to be true.
  • File 8, A Roch's Tale, a plea for fairness from a cockroach


hings lying around the house in boxes of cassettes, a number of which probaby are worth keeping.

1998 | I Would Like to Sit Down By You (collection mostly from the 80s and 90s)

(sound files broken)


Part 1:
   I Would Like To Sit Down by you, Spider Song, It is Enough (opera), Tofu Spaghetti, Oyogi Taiyaki-kun,  Rippling Sea, Each Day is Different, The Night is Young, Three Months Ago.

Part 2:
 We Two Are in Love, Song for Ninoy. 

BONUS- Animated cartoon idea: Stripey Meets Godzilla and The Barber's Cadillac Seville Parody from the late 1970s.

Mid '80s | In the Bar at Midnight (collection) 

Part 1: In the Bar at Midnight, My Lady's a Wild Flying Dove, Nakeba ii, Dogs at Midnight, Suzanne, Une Calme Nuit, Two Swedish Songs, Guantanamera

Part 2:  Or here.
There's a Lesson to be learned in the Trees, Shinda Otoko Wa Nokoshita Mono Wa, Pressures of the World, Close Your Eyes, Castles in the Air, Chiisana Nikki, Oh My Friend, Drunken Sailor.

Oh My Friend only.

Early '80s | John, Paul and Daphne (historical interest)
Rippling Sea, Lai Lai Lai

Early '80s | School concert (historical interest/home  recording)

1966-1981 | Huge Anthology from 1966-1981: Lots of stuff here, mostly in rough, unpolished sersions. My favorites are listed in the sections, divided into periods. None of these were intended for broadcast, but they are the only records of my older songs, which date from late elementary school.  The war in Vietnam was in full bloom.  Many of these are various out takes, with starts and stops, also sound drop outs due to damage to the tape, or--in the case of one song (Portraits of Love, Py5)--deliberate playing around with the left-right balance for some silly reason.

 Pt1: 1966-1968

I'm a Reform Democrat (high school days, shades of Love Me, I'm a Liberal)

The World's Coming to an End

The Rains

Elvira Madigan

A Lost Dream

Snow-inspired by a similar Pete Seeger song, not so bad for a 15 year old

Who Killed the Tiny Babe-inspred by 

Who Killed Norma Jean (Rosten/Seeger)

In the Shadows of a Shade Tree

Oh Little Bird

Pt2 :
A Fate Born With

America, (one of the better ones from this period)

Cool Mountain Waters

The Wind Floats on and on (an attempt at humor!)

The Farce (based on Och's The 

Crucifixion,  see also The Revision)

Hell No, I Won"t Go to Vietnam

To Prison We Must Go

The Bullet of LBJ (On the Death of Martin Luther King)

Government Men

Brown Shirts

I Plucked a Dandelion

The Children

We Are Your Mentors

There's a Fire in the Sky

Pt4: 1968-1969
I'll love you in the morning (I didn't know the song I thought was an imitation of Suzanne--That's No Way to Say Goodbye--was written by the same person, Leonard Cohen, so this is my imitation of the imitation.

Lost Against Fear

We Sit in the Moonlight

Pt5: 1970-'71
Portrait of Love (a nice love song with an ocean theme)

Mr. and Mrs. America (an anti-war song)

The Greenest Trees (an allegory, based on a traditional song-Railroad Boy?)

Pressures of the World

A River Runaway (interesting still in some ways)

We Walk On and On (unfinished song)


Pauline's song

Loving you (another song that had possibilities)

For the Berrigan Brothers

Yonder on a Heathered Hillside

Love Comes Tumbling (I like this one)

Many Times I Have Loved

Come Young Pretty Woman (anti-war)

Smokle (anti-drug from a left-wing perspective?)

Ballad of Daniel and Lisa (a friend used this to try to get draft exemption status as a conscientious objector)

The Eulogy (semi-comic)

Keep All the People in Line (unfinished song)

Don't Let Them Put The Label on You (about agent provacateurs, after having unearthed one in our university peace group)


Early Morning Bleeker Street Song

One Day (tape ends unexpectedly)

Music on other sites

A great deal of overlap on the sites, but there are differences.

(Paul Arenson on MacJams (go to the website) 
 (with lyrics, recorded 1980s-2008) 

Or all songs individually:

Kyoko's song


Winds of War

I would like to sit down by you

Amazing Grace

The tired old trawler

The Highway

Bar at midnight

Tofu Spaghetti

There's a lesson to be learned in the trees

Strikers Line

The pressures of the world

Many times I have loved

The Good Ship England

Go Down You Broken Old Man

Paul Arenson on Folk Alley (go to the website) 
(with lyrics, recorded 1980s-2008)

Or all songs individually:

There's a lesson to be learned in the trees

 The rippling sea

 The Fantasy song

 Strikers song

 Many Times I have loved

 Good Ship England

 Go down you broken old man

 For Kyoko

 Bar at midnight

2007 | CD (on CD Baby):


2006 | Soundclick:

 Rippling Sea, Each Day is Different, The Highway Song, I'd Like to Sit Downby You, Bar at Midnight, There's a Lesson to be Learned in the Trees, Go Down You Broken Old Man, Pressures of the World, The Revision, The Night is Young (all with lyrics)


May be offline



Teaching for Critical Media Literacy


The Revision (Japan civil disobedience)

Ballad of Chong Gyan-Yong (another resistance song)

Amazing Grace (in praise of disobedience)

The Night is Young (long song)

Each Day is Different (a "pre-love" song)

Many Times I have Loved (love song)

Go Down You Broken Old Man (a song about vision)

Tofu Spaghetti (about being non conventional)

There’s a lesson to be learned in the trees (about renewal and resistance)

Three Months Ago (when love ends abruptly)

Gracias a la Vida (from a Japanese concert circa 1980)

Izzy Young program from Sweden (recorded by Chuck Rosina cira 1973)

Strikers Line (a Celtic-inspired protest song)

Bar at Midnight (where politics and lonliness converge)

The Good Ship England (allegory about the cost of imperialism to the imperialist)

Tired Old Trawler (prisoners of the seas we sail)

Pressures of the World (nonsense song)

Highway Song (about highways poking through the wilderness)

Rippling Sea (poem of a japanese friend put to music)

I Would Like to Sit Down by You (hope that love will blossom)

Spider Song (when love does not blossom but friendship remains)

© Arenson Paul 2016