Upcoming Concerts

  • Jul 02
    Saturday Stream
    Howling Moon Studio, CA
  • Jul 08
    Oregon Country Fair
    Veneta, OR
  • Jul 09
    Oregon Country Fair
    Veneta, OR
  • Jul 16
    Saturday Stream
    Howling Moon Studio, CA
  • Jul 20
    "Music in the Park" at Truckee River Park Amphitheater
    Truckee, CA
  • Jul 21
    Moraga Commons Park
    Moraga, CA
  • Jul 23
    Love on Haight
    San Francisco, CA
  • Aug 06
    Salmon Fest
    Ninilchik, AK
  • Aug 07
    Salmon Fest
    Ninilchik, AK
  • Sep 08
    KRSH Backyard Concert
    Santa Rosa, CA
Jul 2
Saturday Stream - Howling Moon Studio, CA
Jul 8
Oregon Country Fair - Veneta, OR
Jul 9
Oregon Country Fair - Veneta, OR
Jul 16
Saturday Stream - Howling Moon Studio, CA
Jul 20
"Music in the Park" at Truckee River Park Amphitheater - Truckee, CA
Jul 21
Moraga Commons Park - Moraga, CA
Jul 23
Love on Haight - San Francisco, CA
Aug 6
Salmon Fest - Ninilchik, AK
Aug 7
Salmon Fest - Ninilchik, AK
Sep 8
KRSH Backyard Concert - Santa Rosa, CA

Moonalice News

  • Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
  • Moonalice Minute: Lester & Dylan Chambers (Episode 1)
  • 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!
  • Wonderful TV interview with Lester Chambers!`
Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
Moonalice Minute: Lester & Dylan Chambers (Episode 1)
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!
Wonderful TV interview with Lester Chambers!`

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Jun 10, 2022 / Friday Night Live at the Plaza (Cloverdale)
    According to Moonalice legend, the town of Cloverdale was incorporated in 1872 when the San Francisco and...
  • Jun 11, 2022 / Fairfax Festival - Green Park Stage (Fairfax)
    Due to poor internet connectivity at the venue, this show will be broadcast 6/19 at 4:20pm
  • Jun 5, 2022 / Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton)
    According to Moonalice legend, the rain in Felton falls mainly in the winter months. You may be wondering...
  • Jun 18, 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...
  • Jun 12, 2022 / The Hog Farm Hideaway (Laytonville)
    According to Moonalice legend, we are gathered here today to celebrate two of the best things about Ameri...
  • Jun 4, 2022 / Crooked Lane Brewery (Auburn)
    According to Moonalice legend, this band has gotten into time travel … and we are taking all of you wit...
  • Jun 3, 2022 / Golden Gate Bandshell (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, it’s 4:20 somewhere. Always. We knew the phrase applied to the time of...
  • Jun 19, 2022 / Re-Broadcast: Fairfax Festival (Fairfax)
    Due to poor internet connectivity at the venue, view »
  • Jun 20, 2022 / Re-broadcast: The Hog Farm Hideaway (Laytonville)
    According to Moonalice Legend, bandwidth was in short supply for this show...
  • 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...
Jun 10, 2022 / Friday Night Live at the Plaza (Cloverdale)
According to Moonalice legend, the town of Cloverdale was incorporated in 1872 when the San Francisco and...
Jun 11, 2022 / Fairfax Festival - Green Park Stage (Fairfax)
Due to poor internet connectivity at the venue, this show will be broadcast 6/19 at 4:20pm
Jun 5, 2022 / Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton)
According to Moonalice legend, the rain in Felton falls mainly in the winter months. You may be wondering...
Jun 18, 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...
Jun 12, 2022 / The Hog Farm Hideaway (Laytonville)
According to Moonalice legend, we are gathered here today to celebrate two of the best things about Ameri...
Jun 4, 2022 / Crooked Lane Brewery (Auburn)
According to Moonalice legend, this band has gotten into time travel … and we are taking all of you wit...
Jun 3, 2022 / Golden Gate Bandshell (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, it’s 4:20 somewhere. Always. We knew the phrase applied to the time of...
Jun 19, 2022 / Re-Broadcast: Fairfax Festival (Fairfax)
Due to poor internet connectivity at the venue, view »
Jun 20, 2022 / Re-broadcast: The Hog Farm Hideaway (Laytonville)
According to Moonalice Legend, bandwidth was in short supply for this show...
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...

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 . . .

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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?