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  • Oct 21
    Roger McNamee Solo @ Sweetwater Music Hall
    Mill Valley, CA
  • Nov 23
    Ashkenaz
    Berkeley, CA
  • Nov 25
    Roger McNamee Solo @ Sweetwater Music Hall
    Mill Valley, CA
  • Nov 25
    Moe's Alley
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • Nov 30
    Odd Fellows Hall
    Auburn, CA
Oct 21
Roger McNamee Solo @ Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
Nov 23
Ashkenaz - Berkeley, CA
Nov 25
Roger McNamee Solo @ Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
Nov 25
Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 30
Odd Fellows Hall - Auburn, CA

Moonalice News

  • Jerry Day in San Francisco: check out the video archive!
  • Check this epic show from the Hopmonk in Sebastopol
  • Moonalice plays Dead!!!
  • Enjoy the video archive from Humbrews in Arcata, CA!
  • Enjoy the video archive from Moonalice at Fais Do Do in LA!
  • Enjoy archive video from 4/20!!!
  • Compliance with Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - A Privilege To Play
  • LOCKN' FREE 2017 Livestream Courtesy of Ben and Jerry's, Airstream, and YouTube, with Suggested Donations to the Heal Charlottesville Fund
  • Moonalice To Play At Slide Ranch Grand Opening Of New Farm-to-Table Teaching Center
Jerry Day in San Francisco: check out the video archive!
Check this epic show from the Hopmonk in Sebastopol
Moonalice plays Dead!!!
Enjoy the video archive from Humbrews in Arcata, CA!
Enjoy the video archive from Moonalice at Fais Do Do in LA!
Enjoy archive video from 4/20!!!
Compliance with Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - A Privilege To Play
LOCKN' FREE 2017 Livestream Courtesy of Ben and Jerry's, Airstream, and YouTube, with Suggested Donations to the Heal Charlottesville Fund
Moonalice To Play At Slide Ranch Grand Opening Of New Farm-to-Table Teaching Center

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Aug 23, 2018 / Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach)
    According to Moonalice legend, we arrived in Hermosa Beach a few hours ago and learned something that bl...
  • Oct 13, 2018 / Roger McNamee Solo @ Carolyn Ferris Art Studio (Fairfax)
  • Aug 24, 2018 / Golden Sails Hotel (Long Beach)
    According to Moonalice legend, this is our 19th show here in Long Beach! I am not certain, but I think t...
  • Aug 26, 2018 / Bogie's @ The Westlake Village Inn (Westlake Village )
    According to Moonalice legend, Westlake Village is city with a purpose. The headquarters of Guitar Cente...
  • Sep 16, 2018 / Doobie Decibel System (Mill Valley)
    Notes: This show was supposed to be a Roger McNamee solo concert with a Beatles theme. The night before...
  • Sep 22, 2018 / Fur Peace Ranch - SOLD OUT (Pomeroy)
    According to Moonalice legend, Fur Peace Ranch is a magnet for beautiful people. Moonalice came here bec...
  • Sep 9, 2018 / June Lake Jam Fest (June Lake)
    Today's legend is more serious than usual. We have a second, special poster today by John Mavroudis. The...
  • Oct 7, 2018 / Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 18 (San Francisco)
    We believe the women. According to Moonalice legend, the majority of Americans are struggling with the...
  • Sep 12, 2018 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, 2018 is the scariest reality television series in history ... and it’s s...
  • Aug 25, 2018 / Venice Beach Music Fest - FREE! (Venice Beach)
    According to Moonalice legend, the sun is out, the surf is up and we got to start this set at 4:20. It d...
Aug 23, 2018 / Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach)
According to Moonalice legend, we arrived in Hermosa Beach a few hours ago and learned something that bl...
Oct 13, 2018 / Roger McNamee Solo @ Carolyn Ferris Art Studio (Fairfax)
Aug 24, 2018 / Golden Sails Hotel (Long Beach)
According to Moonalice legend, this is our 19th show here in Long Beach! I am not certain, but I think t...
Aug 26, 2018 / Bogie's @ The Westlake Village Inn (Westlake Village )
According to Moonalice legend, Westlake Village is city with a purpose. The headquarters of Guitar Cente...
Sep 16, 2018 / Doobie Decibel System (Mill Valley)
Notes: This show was supposed to be a Roger McNamee solo concert with a Beatles theme. The night before...
Sep 22, 2018 / Fur Peace Ranch - SOLD OUT (Pomeroy)
According to Moonalice legend, Fur Peace Ranch is a magnet for beautiful people. Moonalice came here bec...
Sep 9, 2018 / June Lake Jam Fest (June Lake)
Today's legend is more serious than usual. We have a second, special poster today by John Mavroudis. The...
Oct 7, 2018 / Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 18 (San Francisco)
We believe the women. According to Moonalice legend, the majority of Americans are struggling with the...
Sep 12, 2018 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, 2018 is the scariest reality television series in history ... and it’s s...
Aug 25, 2018 / Venice Beach Music Fest - FREE! (Venice Beach)
According to Moonalice legend, the sun is out, the surf is up and we got to start this set at 4:20. It d...

Foxtrot Uniform

Credits: 
Roger McNamee
Credits Lyrics: 
Roger McNamee
Credits Music: 
Roger McNamee

She wrote me a message, on paper that was torn
“Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
Yankee Oscar Uniform”
I focused on the page … trembling in my hand
It took me a minute
Then it took another minute
It took a lot of minutes for me to understand

It meant that she don’t love me, she don’t love me any more
It meant she wants to break my heart and nail it to the floor
But the only thing that hurts me, that breaks my heart in two
I’m pretty sure the man she loves looks a lot like you (5)

I sent her back a question, got a message in return
“Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
Yankee Oscar Uniform”
I looked again in silence at the message in my hand
It took me a minute
Then it took another minute
It took a lot of minutes for me to understand

It meant that she don’t love me, she don’t love me any more
It meant she wants to break my heart and nail it to the door
But the only thing that hurts me, that breaks my heart in two
I’m pretty sure the man she loves looks a lot like you

Bridge
I can’t believe she loves you after all that we went through
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
I-O-U (5)

So I’m writing you a message, a message not so warm
“Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
Yankee Oscar Uniform”
I hope it all confuses you and messes up your plan
That it takes you a minute
That it takes a lot more minutes
A lifetime of minutes for you to understand

If Constellation Rag was my attempt to write a ragtime blues, Foxtrot Uniform was the solution to a puzzle: how do say what you feel in a song, if what you feel is something you cannot say on air? I was thinking about clever songs from the past - "Makin' Whoopee," "Hold on, I'm Comin'," "Take A Whiff On Me" and a zillion others. For some reason the NATO alphabet was lurking at the edges of my mind, so I started spelling out a certain phrase. Then I realized I could make it scan, which meant it could be lyric. From that point forward, the lyrics came out in a rush . . . All I had to do was think about the people who were my "partners" at Silver Lake. I'm a cheek-turner, and I had never told them what I think of them. It was very therapeutic.

Roger McNamee

Tribe Comments

larzap1545's picture

I really enjoy hearing this song, a catchy tune.