Upcoming Concerts

  • May 25
    BottleRock Napa Valley Festival
    Napa, CA
  • Jun 13
    Club Fox
    Redwood City, CA
  • Jun 14
    Sweetwater Music Hall
    Mill Valley, CA
  • Jul 27
    Petaluma Music Festival
    Petaluma, CA
May 25
BottleRock Napa Valley Festival - Napa, CA
Jun 13
Club Fox - Redwood City, CA
Jun 14
Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
Jul 27
Petaluma Music Festival - Petaluma, CA

Moonalice News

  • Moonalice offers free admission to holders of Skull & Roses tickets!
  • Poster Artist Feature: Dennis Larkins Interview
  • Let's Rock The World One Tree At A Time!
  • Acoustic Guitar reviews Full Moonalice, Volume 2!!
  • Moonalice plays a set on Jam In The Van
  • Glide Magazine interviews Pete Sears!
  • Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Barry, Roger and T’s play Nick and Woo Woo
  • Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
  • PopMatters: Bottlerock Napa review … featuring Moonalice
  • Moonalice Will Not Play Indoors Until Further Notice
Moonalice offers free admission to holders of Skull & Roses tickets!
Poster Artist Feature: Dennis Larkins Interview
Let's Rock The World One Tree At A Time!
Acoustic Guitar reviews Full Moonalice, Volume 2!!
Moonalice plays a set on Jam In The Van
Glide Magazine interviews Pete Sears!
Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Barry, Roger and T’s play Nick and Woo Woo
Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
PopMatters: Bottlerock Napa review … featuring Moonalice
Moonalice Will Not Play Indoors Until Further Notice

What To Watch (Archive)

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  • Dec 2, 2023 / HopMonk Tavern (Sebastopol)
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Aug 31, 2023 / Rebroadcast of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 22 with new Audio & Video (San Francisco)
This rebroadcast of the 2022 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass show with new and im...
Apr 19, 2024 / Rancho Nicasio (Nicasio)
According to Moonalice legend, the Swiss chemist Dr Albert Hoffmann first experimented with LSD on April ...
Apr 20, 2024 / HopMonk Tavern (Sebastopol)
Welcome to the Gathering of the Tribe! According to Moonalice legend, it is 4/20 everywhere. In a worl...
Apr 18, 2024 / Felton Music Hall (Felton)
According to Moonalice legend, today is Tricycle Day. If this is the first time you have heard of Tricyc...
Dec 2, 2023 / HopMonk Tavern (Sebastopol)
According to Moonalice legend, every member of the tribe has a spirit animal. Some are Siamese cats, oth...
Nov 30, 2023 / The Guild Theatre (Menlo Park)
According to Moonalice legend, the Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose has many beautiful places...
Feb 3, 2024 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Sep 2, 2023 / Felton Music Hall (Felton)
According to Moonalice legend, we are really happy we are not at Burning Man. Apparently, a huge storm de...
Sep 1, 2023 / The Chapel (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, we are totally psyched to be back at the Chapel. People showed us the secu...
Dec 1, 2023 / Odd Fellows Lodge (Auburn)
According to Moonalice Legend, dinosaurs once roamed the foothills of the Sierras. Recent fossil discover...

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?