Upcoming Concerts

  • Oct 06
    Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    San Francisco, CA
  • Oct 16
    Ardmore Music Hall
    Ardmore, PA
  • Oct 17
    Garcia's @ The Capitol Theatre
    Port Chester, NY
  • Oct 18
    Drom
    New York, NY
  • Oct 19
    The Stone Pony
    Asbury Park, NJ
  • Oct 20
    Iron Works
    Buffalo, NY
  • Oct 22
    Rex Theater
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oct 23
    Woodlands Tavern
    Columbus, OH
  • Oct 24
    Martyrs'
    Chicago, IL
  • Oct 30
    Golden Sails Hotel
    Long Beach, CA
Oct 6
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - San Francisco, CA
Oct 16
Ardmore Music Hall - Ardmore, PA
Oct 17
Garcia's @ The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY
Oct 18
Drom - New York, NY
Oct 19
The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
Oct 20
Iron Works - Buffalo, NY
Oct 22
Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 23
Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH
Oct 24
Martyrs' - Chicago, IL
Oct 30
Golden Sails Hotel - Long Beach, 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!!!
  • 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
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)

  • Aug 23, 2019 / LOCKN' Festival with T Sisters (Arrington)
    Notes: Chloe Tietjen sang on Ohio and Two Of Us T Sisters sang on Brain Damage > Eclipse
  • Aug 10, 2019 / The Day After @ Nugget Campground (Placerville)
    According to Moonalice legend, today is The Day After. It is also the first day of The Days Between the ...
  • Aug 6, 2019 / Bread & Roses Benefit at Delancey Street (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, you never what life will bring. Through good times and bad, you can count...
  • Aug 20, 2019 / Big Band with the New Chambers Bros. and T Sistets118 North (Wayne)
    According to Moonalice legend, it has been far too long since our last visit to the Philadelphia area. W...
  • Aug 23, 2019 / LOCKN' Festival — Moonalice Big Band with New Chambers Bros. and T Sisters (Arrington)
    According to Moonalice legend, rain in Arrington falls mainly on the main stage, but the superhumans Of t...
  • Aug 7, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, the band has been blessed today by the presence of the amazing T Sisters, ...
  • Sep 7, 2019 / Miner's Foundry Cultural Center with T Sisters and New Chambers Brothers (Nevada City)
    According to Moonalice legend, mining has always been a major activity here in Nevada City. When the sil...
  • Aug 9, 2019 / SF Giants Grateful Dead Tribute Night (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, it was 24 years ago today that Jerry Garcia crossed the rainbow bridge. H...
  • Aug 21, 2019 / Gypsy Sally's with Moonalice Big Band, including T Sisters and New Chambers Bros. (Washington)
    According to Moonalice legend, today is the day the Moonalice circus returned to DC after a long time awa...
  • Sep 8, 2019 / Union Square Live with the New Chambers Brothers (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, the squirrels of Union Square are huge fans of Moonalice. We have been pl...
Aug 23, 2019 / LOCKN' Festival with T Sisters (Arrington)
Notes: Chloe Tietjen sang on Ohio and Two Of Us T Sisters sang on Brain Damage > Eclipse
Aug 10, 2019 / The Day After @ Nugget Campground (Placerville)
According to Moonalice legend, today is The Day After. It is also the first day of The Days Between the ...
Aug 6, 2019 / Bread & Roses Benefit at Delancey Street (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, you never what life will bring. Through good times and bad, you can count...
Aug 20, 2019 / Big Band with the New Chambers Bros. and T Sistets118 North (Wayne)
According to Moonalice legend, it has been far too long since our last visit to the Philadelphia area. W...
Aug 23, 2019 / LOCKN' Festival — Moonalice Big Band with New Chambers Bros. and T Sisters (Arrington)
According to Moonalice legend, rain in Arrington falls mainly on the main stage, but the superhumans Of t...
Aug 7, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, the band has been blessed today by the presence of the amazing T Sisters, ...
Sep 7, 2019 / Miner's Foundry Cultural Center with T Sisters and New Chambers Brothers (Nevada City)
According to Moonalice legend, mining has always been a major activity here in Nevada City. When the sil...
Aug 9, 2019 / SF Giants Grateful Dead Tribute Night (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, it was 24 years ago today that Jerry Garcia crossed the rainbow bridge. H...
Aug 21, 2019 / Gypsy Sally's with Moonalice Big Band, including T Sisters and New Chambers Bros. (Washington)
According to Moonalice legend, today is the day the Moonalice circus returned to DC after a long time awa...
Sep 8, 2019 / Union Square Live with the New Chambers Brothers (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, the squirrels of Union Square are huge fans of Moonalice. We have been pl...

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.