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  • Aug 13
    Saturday Stream
    Howling Moon Studio, CA
  • Sep 08
    KRSH Backyard Concert
    Santa Rosa, CA
  • Sep 10
    June Lake Jam Fest
    June Lake, CA
  • Sep 16
    Red Dog Saloon
    Virginia City, NV
  • Sep 17
    Ain’t Necessarily Dead Fest
    Auburn, CA
  • Sep 18
    KPFZ Radio Benefit Concert @ Cache Creek Vineyards
    Clearlake Oaks, CA
Aug 13
Saturday Stream - Howling Moon Studio, CA
Sep 8
KRSH Backyard Concert - Santa Rosa, CA
Sep 10
June Lake Jam Fest - June Lake, CA
Sep 16
Red Dog Saloon - Virginia City, NV
Sep 17
Ain’t Necessarily Dead Fest - Auburn, CA
Sep 18
KPFZ Radio Benefit Concert @ Cache Creek Vineyards - Clearlake Oaks, CA

Moonalice News

  • Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
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  • 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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Aug 2, 2022 / SF Giants Jerry Day (Triples Alley Set) (San Francisco)
Jul 2, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
Jul 23, 2022 / Love on Haight (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, Haight Street has long been the home of San Francisco’s counterculture. ...
Jun 25, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
Jul 18, 2022 / RESTREAM of Oregon Country Fair Day 2 (Veneta)
Due to lack of bandwidth in Veneta, we weren't able to stream this show live from Oregon Country Fair so ...
Jul 9, 2022 / Oregon Country Fair (Veneta)
According to Moonalice legend, the Oregon Country Fair is steeped in tradition. From its Renaissance Fair...
Jul 8, 2022 / Oregon Country Fair (Veneta)
According to Moonalice legend, the Oregon Country Fair has its own volume in the Moonalice legend. This b...
Aug 6, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Jul 17, 2022 / RESTREAM of Oregon Country Fair (Veneta)
Due to lack of bandwidth in Veneta, we weren't able to stream this show live from Oregon Country Fair so ...
Jul 16, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Notes: First time played: Can You Feel It? Blink of an Eye dedicated to Tracy Sheridan Live A Little...

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.