A wickedly funny song by the Dixie Chicks about an abused wife and her friend taking swift and final revenge. NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz stars in the video as the title character.

The song has had a little trouble getting radio airplay on more conservative stations. The Imus in the Morning syndicated radio show seems to be on a single-handed crusade to make up for that, much to the consternation of Imus' regular audience.


Maryanne and Wanda were the best of friends, all through their high school days
Both members of the 4-H club, both active in the FFA
After graduation Maryanne went out, looking for a bright new world
Wanda looked all around this town, and all she found was Earl

Well it wasn't 2 weeks after she got married that Wanda started getting abused
She put on dark glasses, and long sleeved blouses, and makeup to cover her bruise
Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce, she let the law take it from there
But Earl walked right through that restraining order, and put her in intensive care
Right away Maryanne flew in from atlanta on a red eye, midnight flight
She held Wanda's hand, and they worked out a plan, and it didn't take them long to decide
That Earl had to die...

Goodbye Earl

Those black eyed peas, they tasted alright to me, Earl
You feelin' weak? Why don't you lay down and sleep, Earl
Aint 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 the fall
And it turns out he was a missin' person who nobody missed at all
So the girls bought some land at a road side stand, down on highway 109
They sell tennesee ham and strawberry jam, and they don't lose any sleep at night

Cause Earl had to die...

Goodbye Earl
We need a break...
Lets go out to the lake Earl
We'll pack a lunch, and stuff you in the trunk, Earl
Is that alright? Good! Lets go for a ride, Earl. Hey!

Well, hey hey hey!
Aww hey hey hey!
Well, hey hey hey

Lyrics from http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Backstage/1687/gedc.html - fixed some spelling errors and added HTML

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