Upcoming Concerts

  • May 28
    Bottlerock Music Festival
    Napa, CA
  • May 29
    Doobie Decibel System Duo @ Bottlerock Music Festival (VIP Lounge)
    Napa, CA
  • May 30
    The Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade
    Mill Valley, CA
  • Jun 04
    Doobie Decibel System Trio @ The Acoustic
    Bridgeport, CT
  • Jun 06
    Doobie Decibel System @ Still Partners
    Sea Cliff, NY
  • Jun 08
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Union Square
    San Francisco, CA
  • Jun 16
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Moe's Alley
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • Jun 17
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Oakland Museum
    Oakland, CA
  • Jun 23
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Terrapin Crossroads
    San Rafael , CA
  • Jun 24
    Doobie Decibel System Band @ Crazy Horse
    Nevada City, CA
May 28
Bottlerock Music Festival - Napa, CA
May 29
Doobie Decibel System Duo @ Bottlerock Music Festival (VIP Lounge) - Napa, CA
May 30
The Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade - Mill Valley, CA
Jun 4
Doobie Decibel System Trio @ The Acoustic - Bridgeport, CT
Jun 6
Doobie Decibel System @ Still Partners - Sea Cliff, NY
Jun 8
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Union Square - San Francisco, CA
Jun 16
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 17
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Oakland Museum - Oakland, CA
Jun 23
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Terrapin Crossroads - San Rafael , CA
Jun 24
Doobie Decibel System Band @ Crazy Horse - Nevada City, CA

Moonalice News

  • 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!
  • Moonalice in Monterey Herald
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!
Moonalice in Monterey Herald

What To Watch (Archive)

  • July 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
    With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
  • 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
  • July 26, 2014 / Jerry Jam (Bath, NH)
    Really fun festival in northern NH
  • 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.
  • 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 2, 2014 / Truckee Amphitheater (Truckee, CA)
    This beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe was packed ... huge fun!
  • 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 9, 2014 / Union Square Live (San Francisco, CA)
    Free show in San Francisco's most famous square.
  • July 30, 2014 / The Cutting Room (NYC)
    Amazing venue in Manhattan's garment district. Jason Crosby joins us.
  • 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 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
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
July 26, 2014 / Jerry Jam (Bath, NH)
Really fun festival in northern NH
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.
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 2, 2014 / Truckee Amphitheater (Truckee, CA)
This beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe was packed ... huge fun!
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 9, 2014 / Union Square Live (San Francisco, CA)
Free show in San Francisco's most famous square.
July 30, 2014 / The Cutting Room (NYC)
Amazing venue in Manhattan's garment district. Jason Crosby joins us.
July 8, 2014 / Delancey Street (San Francisco, CA)
Our annual concert at San Francisco's most successful halfway house is always a huge thrill.

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?