Upcoming Concerts

  • Apr 23
    Skull & Roses Festival V
    Ventura, CA
Apr 23
Skull & Roses Festival V - Ventura, CA

Moonalice News

  • Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
  • Moonalice Minute: Lester & Dylan Chambers (Episode 1)
  • Glide Magazine interviews Pete Sears!
  • Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Barry, Roger and T’s play Nick and Woo Woo
  • PopMatters: Bottlerock Napa review … featuring Moonalice
  • Moonalice Will Not Play Indoors Until Further Notice
  • Bottlerock Napa 2022: Photos by Bob Minkin
  • Riff Magazine: story about Moonalice with interviews, preview of BottleRock!
  • Songfacts podcast: Lester Chambers!
  • Summer of Soul -- Featuring Lester Chambers & The Chambers Brothers -- wins Academy Award!
Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
Moonalice Minute: Lester & Dylan Chambers (Episode 1)
Glide Magazine interviews Pete Sears!
Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Barry, Roger and T’s play Nick and Woo Woo
PopMatters: Bottlerock Napa review … featuring Moonalice
Moonalice Will Not Play Indoors Until Further Notice
Bottlerock Napa 2022: Photos by Bob Minkin
Riff Magazine: story about Moonalice with interviews, preview of BottleRock!
Songfacts podcast: Lester Chambers!
Summer of Soul -- Featuring Lester Chambers & The Chambers Brothers -- wins Academy Award!

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  • Oct 29, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
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Sep 25, 2022 / KPFZ Radio Benefit Concert @ Cache Creek Vineyards (Clearlake Oaks)
According to Moonalice legend, the rain in Clearlake Oaks falls mainly on days when we are scheduled to p...
Oct 6, 2022 / KRSH Backyard Concert (Rescheduled from Sep 8) (Santa Rosa)
According to Moonalice legend, this gig was supposed to happen a month ago, but climate change had other ...
Oct 29, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Nov 5, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Nov 11, 2022 / Golden Gate Bandshell (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, today is Veterans Day. We salute all veterans and thank them. Today...
Sep 24, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Dec 3, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Oct 4, 2022 / Double Feature! Moonalice + Summer of Soul at The Chapel (HSB Out Of The Park Event) (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, the Harlem Culture Festival of 1969 was an event with human impact when it...
Nov 26, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Sep 17, 2022 / Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest (Auburn)
According to Moonalice legend, the past ten days have seen a lot of climate change impacts. Our show last...

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.