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  • Sep 20
    Jason Crosby Shelter-In-Place Session #187 at Howling Moon Studios
    Bay Area, CA
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Jason Crosby Shelter-In-Place Session #187 at Howling Moon Studios - Bay Area, CA

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  • Introducing ... Full Moonalice!
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  • Sisters & Brothers is the new Moonalice!
Full Moonalice Poster Artists Take On The Pandemic
4/20 Posters!!! Check Them Out!!!
Moonlight In The Darkness Postponed - Enjoy Posters From Cancelled Dates
Tour dates cancelled; Announcement of Moonlight in Darkness livestream tour
Fear the coronavirus? Here’s how to watch live music from home
Barry Sless interviews on Grateful Web and KPFA's Dead to the World
Legendary Poster Artist Wes Wilson Dies at 82
Introducing ... Full Moonalice!
Thank you for an amazing year!
Sisters & Brothers is the new Moonalice!

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Sep 16, 2020 / Jason Crosby Shelter-In-Place Session #183 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 18, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #185 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 13, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #180 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 14, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #181 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 15, 2020 / Terrier Tuesday w/ Erika & Ben Shelter-In-Place Session (Bay Area)
    Our spring tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 12, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #179 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 17, 2020 / Thank Goddess It's Thursday w/ T Sisters Shelter-In-Place Session (Bay Area)
    Our spring tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 15, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #182 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 19, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #186 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
  • Sep 17, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #184 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 16, 2020 / Jason Crosby Shelter-In-Place Session #183 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 18, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #185 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 13, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #180 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 14, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #181 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 15, 2020 / Terrier Tuesday w/ Erika & Ben Shelter-In-Place Session (Bay Area)
Our spring tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 12, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #179 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 17, 2020 / Thank Goddess It's Thursday w/ T Sisters Shelter-In-Place Session (Bay Area)
Our spring tour has been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 15, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #182 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 19, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #186 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...
Sep 17, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #184 at Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
Our tour dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, daily D...

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.