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The Latest

  • New video! “Land Of The Free” A brand new patriotic music video for America’s most explosive holiday, Independence Day, in honor of those for whom this has never been the “Land of the Free.” (Note: it includes content relating to police brutality that some may find triggering.) https://youtu.be/8hP66cF1vGA Have a safe 4th of July! And remember, before setting off fireworks, please consider the people in your neighborhood who ...
  • Now you can support my work on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/emilyyates Patreon is a relatively new way for artists to get ongoing support from those who appreciate us most. If you want to see me get extra-productive, sign up to support my music & writing for as little as $1/month, and I’ll lay a bunch of songs and words on ya. WE ALL WIN. Thanks!! Photo: Julie ...
  • New video: “Don’t Know Much About Star Wars” A song that’s kind of but also not about Star Wars. (Lyrics & credits below, also at EmilyYatesMusic.com) https://youtu.be/6-v8g_8lnfI Words/music/art/sketch videos by Emily Yates Performance video/audio recording & video editing by Sobokeh Originally written for and performed at Tourettes Without Regrets, Oakland CA Lyrics: I wish I knew more about Star Wars than real wars I wish I knew more about Jedi ...
  • New sticker shipment, get ya some! A new shipment of try not to be a dick stickers has arrived! Order some for yourself, your friends or your (least) favorite politicians right here!
  • Out with the old, in with the new Well, the old site was getting cluttered and rather than clean it up, I figured I’d start again – who doesn’t love a blank slate? Check out my writing, music, photography and more, now with a clean, new look and a fresh, minty taste.


Emily Yates doesn’t exactly do everything (especially not that), but there’s no point sending you all around the internet looking for various writings, songs and interviews, is there? So here it all is – essays and stories, snarky folk songs, photography, and adventures in anti-war activism – all coated in a colorful candy shell.


After spending the first six years of her adult life as an army public affairs minion, Emily Yates decided crafting propaganda was not her thing, and moved on to writing her own opinions. These have taken the form of essays, op-eds, songs, stories, and poetry, on topics ranging from military life and politics to drugs, sex, and social taboos. Her writing has been published in online publications such as Truth-OutO-Dark-Thirty, and various other blogs, and has been printed in two Warrior Writers anthologies. She’s released three albums of original songs (I’ve Got Your Folk Songs Right Here – 2012, Folk In Your Face – 2014, Don’t Kid Yourself – 2014), and is currently working on a book of short stories inspired by her military experiences.