Upcoming Concerts

  • Jul 17
    Union Square Live
    San Francisco, CA
  • Jul 18
    Sweetwater Music Hall
    Mill Valley, CA
  • Jul 19
    Michael's on Main
    Soquel, CA
  • Jul 20
    Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest
    Auburn, CA
  • Jul 21
    Point San Pablo Harbor
    Richmond, CA
  • Aug 01
    Moraga Summer Concert Series
    Moraga, CA
  • Aug 02
    Rancho Nicasio
    Nicasio, CA
  • Aug 03
    Petaluma Music Festival
    Petaluma, CA
  • Aug 07
    Union Square Live
    San Francisco, CA
  • Aug 09
    SF Giants Grateful Dead Tribute Night
    San Francisco, CA
Jul 17
Union Square Live - San Francisco, CA
Jul 18
Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
Jul 19
Michael's on Main - Soquel, CA
Jul 20
Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest - Auburn, CA
Jul 21
Point San Pablo Harbor - Richmond, CA
Aug 1
Moraga Summer Concert Series - Moraga, CA
Aug 2
Rancho Nicasio - Nicasio, CA
Aug 3
Petaluma Music Festival - Petaluma, CA
Aug 7
Union Square Live - San Francisco, CA
Aug 9
SF Giants Grateful Dead Tribute Night - San Francisco, CA

Moonalice News

  • 420 Gathering of the Tribe -- Video Archive!!!
  • 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!!!
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  • 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
420 Gathering of the Tribe -- Video Archive!!!
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

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Jul 5, 2019 / Winston's (San Diego)
    According to Moonalice legend, yesterday was a mind blowing week. First there was the earthquake. 6.4 i...
  • Jul 17, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
    Doobie Decibel System Jason Crosby - fiddle, keys Roger McNamee - rhythm guitar Dan Lebowitz - lead gu...
  • May 26, 2019 / Crooked Lane Brewing Company - Benefit (Auburn)
    According to Moonalice legend, the lanes around here are crooked, which is bad for bowling, but excellent...
  • Jul 6, 2019 / Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles)
    According to Moonalice legend, mixing up song lyrics creates a giant risk of confusion. But this is LA. ...
  • Jun 5, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, the astonishing rainfall of recents months has led to some interesting dis...
  • Jul 3, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, today is July 3, a momentous day in American history. On this day in 1775...
  • Jun 9, 2019 / Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
    According to Moonalice legend, middle fingers are incredibly useful. Without them, we would be counting ...
  • Jul 7, 2019 / Bogie's at the Westlake Village Inn (Westlake)
    According to Moonalice, destiny has brought us back to Bogey’s, this time in the coming of our dear fri...
  • Jun 19, 2019 / Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 (San Francisco)
    Dawn Holliday Productions presents Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam #3! Musical director - Dan “Lebo...
  • Jun 8, 2019 / Michael's On Main (Soquel)
    According to Moonalice legend, tonight is our first gig in Soquel, so we consulted the legend to learn ab...
Jul 5, 2019 / Winston's (San Diego)
According to Moonalice legend, yesterday was a mind blowing week. First there was the earthquake. 6.4 i...
Jul 17, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
Doobie Decibel System Jason Crosby - fiddle, keys Roger McNamee - rhythm guitar Dan Lebowitz - lead gu...
May 26, 2019 / Crooked Lane Brewing Company - Benefit (Auburn)
According to Moonalice legend, the lanes around here are crooked, which is bad for bowling, but excellent...
Jul 6, 2019 / Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles)
According to Moonalice legend, mixing up song lyrics creates a giant risk of confusion. But this is LA. ...
Jun 5, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, the astonishing rainfall of recents months has led to some interesting dis...
Jul 3, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, today is July 3, a momentous day in American history. On this day in 1775...
Jun 9, 2019 / Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
According to Moonalice legend, middle fingers are incredibly useful. Without them, we would be counting ...
Jul 7, 2019 / Bogie's at the Westlake Village Inn (Westlake)
According to Moonalice, destiny has brought us back to Bogey’s, this time in the coming of our dear fri...
Jun 19, 2019 / Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 (San Francisco)
Dawn Holliday Productions presents Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam #3! Musical director - Dan “Lebo...
Jun 8, 2019 / Michael's On Main (Soquel)
According to Moonalice legend, tonight is our first gig in Soquel, so we consulted the legend to learn ab...

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.