Upcoming Concerts

  • Jul 21
    Point San Pablo Harbor
    Richmond, CA
  • Aug 01
    Moraga Summer Concert Series
    Moraga, CA
  • Aug 02
    Rancho Nicasio
    Nicasio, CA
  • Aug 03
    Petaluma Music Festival
    Petaluma, CA
  • Aug 07
    Union Square Live
    San Francisco, CA
  • Aug 09
    SF Giants Grateful Dead Tribute Night
    San Francisco, CA
  • Aug 10
    The Day After @ Nugget Campground
    Placerville, CA
  • Aug 20
    118 North
    Wayne, PA
  • Aug 21
    Gypsy Sally's
    Washington, DC
  • Aug 23
    LOCKN' Festival
    Arrington, VA
Jul 21
Point San Pablo Harbor - Richmond, CA
Aug 1
Moraga Summer Concert Series - Moraga, CA
Aug 2
Rancho Nicasio - Nicasio, CA
Aug 3
Petaluma Music Festival - Petaluma, CA
Aug 7
Union Square Live - San Francisco, CA
Aug 9
SF Giants Grateful Dead Tribute Night - San Francisco, CA
Aug 10
The Day After @ Nugget Campground - Placerville, CA
Aug 20
118 North - Wayne, PA
Aug 21
Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC
Aug 23
LOCKN' Festival - Arrington, VA

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)

  • Jul 18, 2019 / Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
    DDS Trio Notes: David Nelson joined for Friend of the Devil, Rocky Road Blues, Ripple. Ace of Cups jo...
  • Jun 19, 2019 / Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 (San Francisco)
    Dawn Holliday Productions presents Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam #3! Musical director - Dan “Lebo...
  • Jul 21, 2019 / Point San Pablo Harbor (Richmond)
  • Jul 19, 2019 / Michael's on Main (Soquel)
  • Jul 17, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
    Doobie Decibel System Jason Crosby - fiddle, keys Roger McNamee - rhythm guitar Dan Lebowitz - lead gu...
  • Jul 6, 2019 / Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles)
    According to Moonalice legend, mixing up song lyrics creates a giant risk of confusion. But this is LA. ...
  • Jul 5, 2019 / Winston's (San Diego)
    According to Moonalice legend, yesterday was a mind blowing week. First there was the earthquake. 6.4 i...
  • Jul 3, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, today is July 3, a momentous day in American history. On this day in 1775...
  • Jul 20, 2019 / Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest (Auburn)
    Notes: 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing and space walks. Temperature was in the high 80s, with t...
  • Jul 7, 2019 / Bogie's at the Westlake Village Inn (Westlake)
    According to Moonalice, destiny has brought us back to Bogey’s, this time in the coming of our dear fri...
Jul 18, 2019 / Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)
DDS Trio Notes: David Nelson joined for Friend of the Devil, Rocky Road Blues, Ripple. Ace of Cups jo...
Jun 19, 2019 / Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 (San Francisco)
Dawn Holliday Productions presents Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam #3! Musical director - Dan “Lebo...
Jul 21, 2019 / Point San Pablo Harbor (Richmond)
Jul 19, 2019 / Michael's on Main (Soquel)
Jul 17, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
Doobie Decibel System Jason Crosby - fiddle, keys Roger McNamee - rhythm guitar Dan Lebowitz - lead gu...
Jul 6, 2019 / Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles)
According to Moonalice legend, mixing up song lyrics creates a giant risk of confusion. But this is LA. ...
Jul 5, 2019 / Winston's (San Diego)
According to Moonalice legend, yesterday was a mind blowing week. First there was the earthquake. 6.4 i...
Jul 3, 2019 / Union Square Live (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, today is July 3, a momentous day in American history. On this day in 1775...
Jul 20, 2019 / Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest (Auburn)
Notes: 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing and space walks. Temperature was in the high 80s, with t...
Jul 7, 2019 / Bogie's at the Westlake Village Inn (Westlake)
According to Moonalice, destiny has brought us back to Bogey’s, this time in the coming of our dear fri...

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?