Upcoming Concerts

  • Mar 30
    Shelter-In-Place Session #15 from Howling Moon Studios
    Bay Area, CA
  • Mar 31
    Shelter-In-Place Session #16 from Howling Moon Studios
    Bay Area, CA
  • Apr 01
    Shelter-In-Place Session #17 from Howling Moon Studios
    Bay Area, CA
  • Apr 02
    Shelter-In-Place Session #18 from Howling Moon Studios
    Bay Area, CA
  • Apr 03
    Shelter-In-Place Session #19 from Howling Moon Studios
    Bay Area, CA
  • Apr 04
    Good Old Days Celebration
    Pacific Grove, CA
  • Apr 05
    Skull & Roses
    Ventura, CA
  • Apr 10
    Fernwood Tavern
    Big Sur, CA
  • Apr 11
    Club Fox
    Redwood City, CA
  • Apr 19
    Terrapin Crossroads Beach Park
    San Rafael, CA
Mar 30
Shelter-In-Place Session #15 from Howling Moon Studios - Bay Area, CA
Mar 31
Shelter-In-Place Session #16 from Howling Moon Studios - Bay Area, CA
Apr 1
Shelter-In-Place Session #17 from Howling Moon Studios - Bay Area, CA
Apr 2
Shelter-In-Place Session #18 from Howling Moon Studios - Bay Area, CA
Apr 3
Shelter-In-Place Session #19 from Howling Moon Studios - Bay Area, CA
Apr 4
Good Old Days Celebration - Pacific Grove, CA
Apr 5
Skull & Roses - Ventura, CA
Apr 10
Fernwood Tavern - Big Sur, CA
Apr 11
Club Fox - Redwood City, CA
Apr 19
Terrapin Crossroads Beach Park - San Rafael, CA

Moonalice News

  • 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!
  • Check out the first full show by the Moonalice Sisters & Brothers band!
  • Moonalice Sisters & Brothers rock DROM in NYC!
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!
Check out the first full show by the Moonalice Sisters & Brothers band!
Moonalice Sisters & Brothers rock DROM in NYC!

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Mar 25, 2020 / JC Live! (Jason Crosby Solo Livestream) (Bay Area)
    This is a special solo Jason Crosby show - a two-hour stream playing classical music, jazz, grateful dead...
  • Mar 24, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #9 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
  • Mar 27, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #12 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
  • Mar 25, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #10 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
  • Mar 29, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #14 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
  • Mar 23, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #8 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
  • Mar 28, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #13 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
  • Mar 22, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #7 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
  • Mar 26, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #11 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
    March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
  • Mar 27, 2020 / T Sisters in Outer Space! Family-friendly Sing-Along (Special Shelter-In-Place Stream) (Chthonic Theater)
    Attention! A Special T Sisters in Outer Space! special broadcast is beaming in while sheltering-in-place!
Mar 25, 2020 / JC Live! (Jason Crosby Solo Livestream) (Bay Area)
This is a special solo Jason Crosby show - a two-hour stream playing classical music, jazz, grateful dead...
Mar 24, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #9 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
Mar 27, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #12 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
Mar 25, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #10 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
Mar 29, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #14 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
Mar 23, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #8 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
Mar 28, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #13 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
Mar 22, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #7 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
Mar 26, 2020 / Shelter-In-Place Session #11 from Howling Moon Studios (Bay Area)
March and April dates have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As Jason is "sheltering-in-place" at Roger's, ...
Mar 27, 2020 / T Sisters in Outer Space! Family-friendly Sing-Along (Special Shelter-In-Place Stream) (Chthonic Theater)
Attention! A Special T Sisters in Outer Space! special broadcast is beaming in while sheltering-in-place!

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.