unamerican activities

by Red Kate

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    Second full-length album and first release on Black Site, Kansas City, MO

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released April 2, 2016



Duane Trower - recording, mixing and digital mastering engineer at Weights and Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO

Roger Seibel - vinyl mastering at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, AZ

Shaun Hamontree – cover art

Vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings, Salina, KS

Black Site
Kansas City, MO




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Red Kate Kansas City, Missouri

Red Kate is a no bullshit, class conscious punk rock & roll band from Kansas City that includes members of regional and national acts Wayback Machine, Squadcar, River City Revelators, and American Catastrophe. The band's sound tips a cap to the beer soaked barroom floors of the 70s British Pub-Rock scene and the modern blues-punk sound that has since taken root in Midwest dive bars and basements. ... more

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Track Name: You Don't Speak for Me
To maintain law and order
you squeeze the stone until we bleed
clampdown on the border
the sweat and fear on which you feed
outside the norms of culture
I will not be your refugee
and feed like a vulture
'cause you don't speak for me

You don't speak for me
No you don't
You don't speak for me
and you won't

It's all a grand illusion
You wrap yourself in what you own
to create mass confusion
Beware the seeds that you've sewn
and false affirmation
a twisted vine you cannot see
to maintain isolation
is why you don't speak for me

You call us anti-social
We're only voices in the cold
We call it life as normal
never doing what we're told
Inside your grand delusion
The winners may write history
you won't see the revolution
but you won't speak for me
Track Name: Get Out
Let me tell you about the girl I love
She's as sweet as a cherry tree and twice as tough
Got a heart of someone twice her size
with the weight of the world shining in her eyes

She smolders hot like a cigarette
but when she burns me I have no regrets
Whitest lightning that you've ever seen
goes down easy like gasoline

Get out
of the space I'm in
I've got to find my lover
got to let her in

This time, I've got to get it right
have no choice, can't give up the fight
with the sun comes a better day
I won't let her down, or let her get away
Track Name: I Got a Gun
Late at night all alone with my AM radio
God fearing patriots, they keep me in the know
Drug gangs, terrorists and borders insecure
Maintain our vigilance against the freedom-hating hordes

We may be losing but the war has just begun
you know the poor are not like us
behind my wall I feel safe
'cause I got a gun

Free loading bureaucrats, and godless communists

Put me down, call me out, but never think I'm dumb
'cause when you wrestle with a pig the game is zero sum
Track Name: Better
Want to get up, but you're feeling down
Want to get in, but you can't get around
Want to go over, but you can't get by
Mad enough to make you cry

Want to shoot straight, but you ain't got a gun
Want to win 'em all, but you ain't won one
Well, you wanna be bad, but you're good for nothing
Man, let me tell you something

Anything has got to be better
Anything has got to be better
It's like an April fool double header
Anything has got to be better

You got to do something
do something today

Want to get loose, but you're so uptight
Want to get loose, but you get in a fight
Want to act real, but you act all blue
That's about as real as a fake tattoo

Want to get tight, but you get real high
Want to take a bite, so you burn the pie
You want respect, but they still talk trash
until they're involved in your cash
Track Name: Punch the Clock
You punch a clock in the morning
You'll punch a clock 'til your dead
But one of these days, boy
you'll punch the boss instead

When a man earned his station
on the company floor
it was his for the keeping
but not anymore

There's no room for the ordinary
who stand idly by
hoping and praying
that their dreams aren't a lie

What they preach in the boardroom
is now what they teach in the school
Survival of the fittest
has become the golden rule

It's going to be every man, woman, child for himself

They tell you if you work hard
there will be pie in the sky
But what they fail to mention
it's not until you die
Track Name: Take It Back
There was a time in this country
it wasn't that long ago
a man could work a single job
and keep his family fed and clothed

But times are tough and getting tougher
never seem to make ends meet
The rich flourish while the people suffer
one step off the fucking street

The time is now to stand up, like those who've come before
We've got the message, but you've got the cure
Educate, agitate and organize
If we want the power, then we've got to fight

Held down by the weight of progress
we isolate ourselves
by wealth, age, sex and color
and whatever else

Red or blue or black or white
doesn't matter when you're a mouse
which side you pledge allegiance
when it's the cats that run the house
Track Name: You Ought to Know
Another young black man lying in the street dead
four hundred years of racial hatred
You say, "it's a shame, isn't it a pity?
That's just life here living in the city"

You ought to know by now
You wanted change but you act the same
There's no better way to define insane

Pick up the news they ain't buying what you're selling
'cause the truth on the ground ain't the truth your telling
One man is dead, the other is a liar
So tonight we'll set this town on fire

Don't let 'em tell you it's the way it's gotta be
Nobody's free until everybody's free*
A lot of people workin hard trying to make it better
Black, white and brown we've got to come together

You ought to know by now
We want change but we act the same
There's no better way to define insane

All that we do keeps falling apart

* Fannie Lou Hamer
Track Name: On My Mind
When you find yourself looking in a new direction
uncertain what the future has in store
Just make sure what you see is not your reflection
Keep moving forward and leave them wanting more

And you're on my mind again

Life races by, when you're taking it for granted
not thinking about the ways that you might fall
And you never know how hard until you've landed
Without taking chances, where's the meaning in it all?

Love is blind, love is free and love is fickle
And when its cruel, it can bring you to your knees
But when it's true, the answer is simple
This love is yours for you to do with as you please
Track Name: I Want You
I want it now
I want it all
I want you on your knees
back against the wall

I want a taste
of your bittersweet
Take a bite of you
every time we meet

This situation
keeping us apart
nothing but frustration
right from the start

I spark a fire
when I touch you
perish in the flame
if I have to

Just walk away
I wish you would
I couldn't leave now
even though I should
Track Name: She Doesn't Need Your Love
She was stranded by the side of the road
broke down with no place to go
Was just a metaphor for her troubled life
balanced on the edge of a knife

So when he pulled up and offered a ride
she had no choice but to step inside
and she won't, no she won't walk away

Nobody's gonna bring her down
She doesn't need your love
No man's gonna break her heart
She doesn't need your love
She just wants to be on top
She doesn't need your love

She's working for the minimum wage
might as well still be a slave
to a future in this one horse town
that keeps her shopping at the lost and found

She's got a tattoo on her back
two kids with two different dads
and she can't, no she won't walk away

She told me that she's got a plan
how she's going to leave her man
She's gonna step out in the middle of the night
guided by the pale moonlight

She's going to head out to the west
that's where the sun's the best
and she ain't, no she ain't looking back
Track Name: Her Lips Say Yes
Another Friday night
and I'm out at the bar
She whispers in my ear
let's go out to my car
You only live once, what the hell?

I should have seen
by the look in her eye
I was just a piece of meat
there to satisfy
the hunger of a cat on the prowl

Her lips say yes but her eyes say no
Her lips say yes but her eyes say no
Her hands say yes but her hips say no
Her lips say yes but her eyes say no

She just wants my body
She doesn't want my love
It's driving me insane
but I can't get enough
I'm not the only one she's thinking of

I'm all revved up
and I'm four on the floor
Got my head in her lap
and she's begging for more
Is it what I want? I don't know

Another Friday night
with a claw in my back
I've got a tiger by the tail
for a roll in the sack
beats staying home, all alone

She's never been afraid
to take it over the line
She gets what she wants
baby, every time
Do I get what I want? I don't mind
Track Name: Waited
False start, jumped gun
got to do it again
Seems like it's been this way
since I don't know when

You and I go way back
back before the dawn
but this time it's over
Baby, I'm gone

I waited a long, long time for you
but you didn't show

Faint praise, flattery
heard it all before
tired empty rhetoric
hollow to the core

Crocodile apologies
another sad excuse
I could try to give a damn
but what's the use?

Smooth talk, code words
to keep us on the hook
Identity politics
played by the book

False hope and promises
truth rearranged
All these years have gone by
and nothing's changed