"Goodbye Earl" as written by and Dennis Linde....
Mary Anne and Wanda were the best of friends
All through their high school days
Both members of the 4H club, both active in the FFA
After graduation
Mary Anne went out lookin' for a bright new world
Wanda looked all around this town and all she found was Earl

Well, it wasn't two weeks after she got married that
Wanda started gettin' abused
She'd put on dark glasses or long sleeved blouses
Or make-up to cover a bruise
Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce
And she let the law take it from there
But Earl walked right through that restraining order
And put her in intensive care

Right away Mary Anne flew in from Atlanta
On a red eye midnight flight
She held Wanda's hand as they worked out a plan
And it didn't take 'em long to decide

That Earl had to die, goodbye Earl
Those black-eyed peas, they tasted alright to me, Earl
You're feelin' weak? Why don't you lay down and sleep, Earl
Ain't it dark wrapped up in that tarp, Earl

The cops came by to bring Earl in
They searched the house high and low
Then they tipped their hats and said, thank you ladies
If you hear from him let us know
Well, the weeks went by and spring turned to summer
And summer faded into fall
And it turns out he was a missing person who nobody missed at all

So the girls bought some land and a roadside stand
Out on highway 109
They sell Tennessee ham and strawberry jam
And they don't lose any sleep at night, 'cause

Earl had to die, goodbye Earl
We need a break, let's go out to the lake, Earl
We'll pack a lunch, and stuff you in the trunk, Earl
Is that alright? Good! Let's go for a ride, Earl, hey!
Ooh hey hey hey, ummm hey hey hey, hey hey hey


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"Goodbye Earl" as written by Dennis Linde

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    General CommentI can't stand country music but this song I just love, I think its great!
    MyWorldIsSublimeon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe video is hilarious and it goes well with the song. i love it................if only it was really that easy to get rid a guy who treated you wrong........hehehehehehe!
    daddys_girl24on October 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat a song. It is written in such a way that ALL of us think that Earl truly does deserve to die. If nothing else, The Dixie Chicks brought domestic abuse into a new, more public light. And it exemplifies vigilante justice, and how it sometimes works for the best. Sure, this song is a series of hyperboles, but it is still awesome, and has a great meaning behind it. I hate country music, but I love this.
    jaredbreweron June 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHaha, this is the first and only country song I've EVER heard about killing someone! Pretty cool.
    BeanMcDon February 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthahaha funny funny song
    jesusmyheartadoresuon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is just so hilarious! I love it!
    zacsteron September 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song means so much to me because my it describes the relationship I have with my best friend and a guy that was once in our lives. This is my song for my Wanda. :)
    WyldHorsesTXon September 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI wish I could have written this song--the rhymes and all flow so well. It is so funny, but sort of tragic in the beginning at the same time.
    Rosaline23on September 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI have only recently discovered The Dixie Chicks but i think this song rocks! Thanks to songmeanings for introducing it to me!
    Teenagemiseryon April 25, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"i shot a man in reno, just to watch him die" Folsum Prison Blues By Johnny cash. that's about killing someone.
    juliegrayon October 12, 2004   Link

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