Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl

100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time ! Reached a peak position of number 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a spot somewhat short of the Chicks' usual placings at the time. It also made the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 19, and would become the trio's highest charting song among pop listings until "Long Time Gone"

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Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Cover CD Dixie Chicks Monument 1999
Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl, written by Dennis Linde, is a country music song. Initially recorded by the band Sons of the Desert for an unreleased album in the late 1990s, the song gained fame when it was recorded by Dixie Chicks on their fifth studio album, Fly. After charting from unsolicited airplay in late 1999, the song was released as that album’s third single in 2000, peaking at #13 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The CD single includes a ‘B-Side’ cover of “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette.
Reached a peak position of number 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a spot somewhat short of the Chicks’ usual placings at the time. It also made the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 19, and would become the trio’s highest charting song among pop listings until “Long Time Gone” in the summer of 2002. Regardless of rankings, the song has become one of the Chicks’ most well-known tunes. It is an enthusiastically received staple of all their concert tours.




Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl
From the album Fly
B-side “Stand by Your Man”
Released February 28, 2000
Recorded 1999
Genre Country
Label Monument
Songwriter(s) Dennis Linde
Producer(s) Blake Chancey Paul Worley

COUNTRYPEDIA





Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl Lyrics
[Verse 1]
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

[Verse 2]
Well it wasn’t two weeks after she got married
That Wanda started gettin’ abused
She put on dark glasses and long sleeved blouses
And makeup to cover a 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
[Pre-Chorus]
Right away, Mary Anne 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 ’em long to decide

[Chorus]
That Earl had to die
Goodbye, Earl
Those black-eyed peas
They tasted all right to me, Earl
You’re feeling weak
Why don’t you lay down and sleep, Earl?
Ain’t it dark
Wrapped up in that tarp, Earl?

[Verse 3]
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”

[Verse 4]
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
[Pre-Chorus]
So the girls bought some land at a roadside stand
Out on Highway 109
They sell Tennessee ham
And strawberry jam
And they don’t lose any sleep at night, ’cause…

[Chorus]
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
Well, is that all right?
Good, let’s go for a ride Earl
Hey

[Outro]
Well hey, hey, hey
Aw, hey, hey, hey
Well hey, hey, hey

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Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Single Dixie Chicks Monument 1999
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