Upcoming Concerts

  • Jun 19
    Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3
    San Francisco, CA
  • Jul 03
    Union Square Live
    San Francisco, CA
  • Jul 05
    Winston's
    San Diego, CA
  • Jul 06
    Teragram Ballroom
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Jul 07
    Bogie's at the Westlake Village Inn
    Westlake, CA
  • Jul 17
    Union Square Live
    San Francisco, CA
  • Jul 18
    Sweetwater Music Hall
    Mill Valley, CA
  • Jul 19
    Michael's on Main
    Soquel, CA
  • Jul 20
    Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest
    Auburn, CA
  • Jul 21
    Point San Pablo Harbor
    Richmond, CA
Jun 19
Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 - San Francisco, CA
Jul 3
Union Square Live - San Francisco, CA
Jul 5
Winston's - San Diego, CA
Jul 6
Teragram Ballroom - Los Angeles, CA
Jul 7
Bogie's at the Westlake Village Inn - Westlake, CA
Jul 17
Union Square Live - San Francisco, CA
Jul 18
Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
Jul 19
Michael's on Main - Soquel, CA
Jul 20
Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest - Auburn, CA
Jul 21
Point San Pablo Harbor - Richmond, 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)

  • Jun 8, 2019 / Michael's On Main (Soquel)
    According to Moonalice legend, tonight is our first gig in Soquel, so we consulted the legend to learn ab...
  • Jan 10, 2019 / Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
    According to Moonalice legend, this is a new year. They are calling it 2019, but a friend of ours hopes ...
  • Jun 19, 2019 / Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 (San Francisco)
    A Dawn Holliday productions presents Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jame 3 with Musical director - Dan “L...
  • May 24, 2019 / Occidental Center for the Arts (Occidental)
    According to Moonalice legend, the world is a filled with contrasts. Night and day. Land and sea. Swee...
  • Jun 5, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, the astonishing rainfall of recents months has led to some interesting dis...
  • May 25, 2019 / BottleRock Music Festival (Bai Stage) (Napa Valley)
    According to Moonalice legend, the grappa in Napa falls mainly in the crappa. We learned this the hard w...
  • Apr 14, 2019 / Special Los Lobos Stream from Sweetwater! (Mill Valley)
    Moonalice is supporting streaming of a this Los Lobos show at The Sweetwater in Mill Valley! As the show ...
  • Apr 20, 2019 / Slim's 420 Gathering of the Tribe! (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, the Tribe gathers every year around this time to elevate its profile. By ...
  • Jun 9, 2019 / Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
    According to Moonalice legend, middle fingers are incredibly useful. Without them, we would be counting ...
  • May 26, 2019 / Crooked Lane Brewing Company - Benefit (Auburn)
    According to Moonalice legend, the lanes around here are crooked, which is bad for bowling, but excellent...
Jun 8, 2019 / Michael's On Main (Soquel)
According to Moonalice legend, tonight is our first gig in Soquel, so we consulted the legend to learn ab...
Jan 10, 2019 / Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
According to Moonalice legend, this is a new year. They are calling it 2019, but a friend of ours hopes ...
Jun 19, 2019 / Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 (San Francisco)
A Dawn Holliday productions presents Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jame 3 with Musical director - Dan “L...
May 24, 2019 / Occidental Center for the Arts (Occidental)
According to Moonalice legend, the world is a filled with contrasts. Night and day. Land and sea. Swee...
Jun 5, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, the astonishing rainfall of recents months has led to some interesting dis...
May 25, 2019 / BottleRock Music Festival (Bai Stage) (Napa Valley)
According to Moonalice legend, the grappa in Napa falls mainly in the crappa. We learned this the hard w...
Apr 14, 2019 / Special Los Lobos Stream from Sweetwater! (Mill Valley)
Moonalice is supporting streaming of a this Los Lobos show at The Sweetwater in Mill Valley! As the show ...
Apr 20, 2019 / Slim's 420 Gathering of the Tribe! (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, the Tribe gathers every year around this time to elevate its profile. By ...
Jun 9, 2019 / Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
According to Moonalice legend, middle fingers are incredibly useful. Without them, we would be counting ...
May 26, 2019 / Crooked Lane Brewing Company - Benefit (Auburn)
According to Moonalice legend, the lanes around here are crooked, which is bad for bowling, but excellent...

Tell Me It's Okay

Credits: 
Music and lyrics by Roger McNamee

Some times I lie awake and wonder what the world is coming to
It's been a wild ride; now I fear the bills are coming due.

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

I need to know what makes life real, what is the essence of my being
I struggle every day to deal with all the weird stuff that I'm seeing

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?

Some times I lie awake at night and dream of things that might have been
I wonder why it is that someone has to lose so you can win

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
Won't you tell me, won't you tell me won't you tell me it's okay?
Tell me it's okay . . .

-----------

Here's the back story to Tell Me It's Okay.

I wrote it in late 2000 or early 2001. The song is about dealing with economic calamity. When the internet bubble burst, our part of California melted down economically. People said and did things that really bothered me. A huge number of our friends were laid off without anyplace to go. Just like now.

The first line of the chorus was suggested by a friend. The parallel guitar parts I worked out myself. The FOBs recorded the song with no jam, but a long guitar solo at the end by Bert Keely. The jams at the beginning and in the middle of the song evolved at Moonalice shows. We didn't play the song at the first five Moonalice concerts - for some weird reason I was reluctant to play my FOB songs - but then we tried it at a free show in San Francisco.

T Bone Burnett didn't care for the song, so we never went past basic tracks in the studio. As a result, we thought it would be good to include the video produced by Elliot Mazer. Believe it or not the video is entirely live EXCEPT Pete's keyboard part (note that he also plays bass!) and GE's harmony vocal.

Tribe Comments

Kip Bailing's picture

What's the meaning of the designation, "Festival Version," that sometimes refers to this terrific song?