Upcoming Concerts

  • Jun 30
    Moraga Commons Park - Free Summer Concert Series
    Moraga, CA
  • Jul 06
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Union Square
    San Francisco, CA
  • Jul 16
    Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest
    Auburn, CA
  • Jul 20
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Gypsy Sally's
    Washington, DC
  • Jul 21
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ HAVANA
    New Hope, PA
  • Jul 22
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Brighton Music Hall
    Boston, MA
  • Jul 23
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Jerry Jam Festival
    Bath, NH
  • Jul 26
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Iron Works
    Buffalo, NY
  • Jul 27
    Doobie Decibel System @ The Westcott Theater
    Syracuse, NY
  • Jul 28
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Putnam Den
    Saratoga Springs, NY
Jun 30
Moraga Commons Park - Free Summer Concert Series - Moraga, CA
Jul 6
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Union Square - San Francisco, CA
Jul 16
Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest - Auburn, CA
Jul 20
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC
Jul 21
Doobie Decibel System Band @ HAVANA - New Hope, PA
Jul 22
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
Jul 23
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Jerry Jam Festival - Bath, NH
Jul 26
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Iron Works - Buffalo, NY
Jul 27
Doobie Decibel System @ The Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
Jul 28
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Putnam Den - Saratoga Springs, NY

Moonalice News

  • Thoughts and Prayers
  • Moonalice 2016 Back in Time Couch Tour!!!
  • Moonalice will perform at BottleRock Napa 2016!!!
  • Moonalice Radio station on the internet!!!
  • Bread & Roses Gives an Award to Moonalice!
  • Moonalice in San Francisco Chronicle!
  • Bass Player Magazine promotes Moonalice and Jason Crosby & Friends!
  • Moonalice Rocks BottleRock!!!
  • Bands to Watch at BottleRock: Moonalice
  • Moonalice Rocks Twitter's Periscope!
Thoughts and Prayers
Moonalice 2016 Back in Time Couch Tour!!!
Moonalice will perform at BottleRock Napa 2016!!!
Moonalice Radio station on the internet!!!
Bread & Roses Gives an Award to Moonalice!
Moonalice in San Francisco Chronicle!
Bass Player Magazine promotes Moonalice and Jason Crosby & Friends!
Moonalice Rocks BottleRock!!!
Bands to Watch at BottleRock: Moonalice
Moonalice Rocks Twitter's Periscope!

What To Watch (Archive)

  • July 2, 2014 / Truckee Amphitheater (Truckee, CA)
    This beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe was packed ... huge fun!
  • Dec 29, 2013 / Sweetwater Music (Mill Valley, CA)
    Our Psychedelic Sunday shows at Sweetwater occur at 2 in the afternoon - a fantastic time for serious psychedelic music
  • Jul 3, 2013 / TRI Studios (Weir Studio, CA)
    If you don't know Moonalice and want a quick introduction to our music, this show is as good as you will find.
  • July 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
    With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
  • Aug 5, 2013 / AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
    We played two sets before the Giants game. Our band loves baseball, so this giant fun for us (pun intended)
  • July 9, 2014 / Union Square Live (San Francisco, CA)
    Free show in San Francisco's most famous square.
  • July 8, 2014 / Delancey Street (San Francisco, CA)
    Our annual concert at San Francisco's most successful halfway house is always a huge thrill.
  • July 26, 2014 / Jerry Jam (Bath, NH)
    Really fun festival in northern NH
  • July 30, 2014 / The Cutting Room (NYC)
    Amazing venue in Manhattan's garment district. Jason Crosby joins us.
  • Oct 6, 2013 / HSB (San Francisco, CA)
    HSB: the largest free festival in America draws more than 1/2 a million people. Our adrenal glands were working overtime!!!
July 2, 2014 / Truckee Amphitheater (Truckee, CA)
This beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe was packed ... huge fun!
Dec 29, 2013 / Sweetwater Music (Mill Valley, CA)
Our Psychedelic Sunday shows at Sweetwater occur at 2 in the afternoon - a fantastic time for serious psychedelic music
Jul 3, 2013 / TRI Studios (Weir Studio, CA)
If you don't know Moonalice and want a quick introduction to our music, this show is as good as you will find.
July 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
Aug 5, 2013 / AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
We played two sets before the Giants game. Our band loves baseball, so this giant fun for us (pun intended)
July 9, 2014 / Union Square Live (San Francisco, CA)
Free show in San Francisco's most famous square.
July 8, 2014 / Delancey Street (San Francisco, CA)
Our annual concert at San Francisco's most successful halfway house is always a huge thrill.
July 26, 2014 / Jerry Jam (Bath, NH)
Really fun festival in northern NH
July 30, 2014 / The Cutting Room (NYC)
Amazing venue in Manhattan's garment district. Jason Crosby joins us.
Oct 6, 2013 / HSB (San Francisco, CA)
HSB: the largest free festival in America draws more than 1/2 a million people. Our adrenal glands were working overtime!!!

Tell Me It's Okay

Credits: 
Music and lyrics by Roger McNamee

Some times I lie awake and wonder what the world is coming to
It's been a wild ride; now I fear the bills are coming due.

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

I need to know what makes life real, what is the essence of my being
I struggle every day to deal with all the weird stuff that I'm seeing

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?

Some times I lie awake at night and dream of things that might have been
I wonder why it is that someone has to lose so you can win

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
Won't you tell me, won't you tell me won't you tell me it's okay?
Tell me it's okay . . .

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Here's the back story to Tell Me It's Okay.

I wrote it in late 2000 or early 2001. The song is about dealing with economic calamity. When the internet bubble burst, our part of California melted down economically. People said and did things that really bothered me. A huge number of our friends were laid off without anyplace to go. Just like now.

The first line of the chorus was suggested by a friend. The parallel guitar parts I worked out myself. The FOBs recorded the song with no jam, but a long guitar solo at the end by Bert Keely. The jams at the beginning and in the middle of the song evolved at Moonalice shows. We didn't play the song at the first five Moonalice concerts - for some weird reason I was reluctant to play my FOB songs - but then we tried it at a free show in San Francisco.

T Bone Burnett didn't care for the song, so we never went past basic tracks in the studio. As a result, we thought it would be good to include the video produced by Elliot Mazer. Believe it or not the video is entirely live EXCEPT Pete's keyboard part (note that he also plays bass!) and GE's harmony vocal.

Tribe Comments

Kip Bailing's picture

What's the meaning of the designation, "Festival Version," that sometimes refers to this terrific song?