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Transcribed by: asf0@comcast.net  Alice Franceschini
Date:  March 30, 2000
Album: Fly
Written by:  Dennis Linde
          GOODBYE EARL    Dixie Chicks
C                              F              C                              G
Mary Anne and Wanda were the best of friends All through their high school days
C                        F              C           G   C  
Both were members of the 4H club Both active in the F F A
C                       F              C                      G
After graduation Mary Anne went out lookin' for a bright new world
C                  F                   C        G        C
Wanda looked all around this town and all she found was Earl
C                               F
Well it wasn't two weeks after she got married that
C                        G
Wanda started getting' abused
             C               F
She put on dark glasses and long sleeved blouses
     C           G       C
And make up to cover a bruise
C                                   F
Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce
C                              G
She let the law take it from there
     C                                F
But Earl walked right through that restraining order
     C            G       C
And put her in intensive care
       Am                  G
Right away Mary Anne flew in from Atlanta
      F                 C   
On a red eye midnight flight
          Am                    G
She held Wanda's hand as they worked out a plan
         F                       G                       C   F C
And it didn't take 'em long to decide  That Earl had to die
      G    F                     C  F C                        G    F  
Good-bye Earl those black eyes peas      they taste alright to me Earl
                C   F C                 G             F 
You're feelin' weak      why don't you lay down and sleep Earl
           C  F  C                      G    F    C F C F
Ain't it dark       wrapped up in that tarp Earl
C                     F
The cops came by to bring Earl in
C                                 G
They searched the house high and low
           C                          F     
Then they tipped their hats and said thank you ladies
         C            G      C
If you hear from him let us know
C                              F
Well, the weeks went by and spring turned to summer
C                      G
And summer faded into fall
        C                    F
And it turns out he was a missing person
      C      G
Who nobody missed at all
        Am                        G              F              C 
So the girls bought some land a road side stand out on highway 109
           Am                G
They sell Tennesee ham and strawberry jam
          F                       G
And they don't lose any sleep at night
                   C  F C    G       F
Cause Earl had to die      Goodbye Earl
            C    F        C           G    F 
We need a break Let's go out to the lake Earl
               C   F C                        G    F
We'll pack a lunch     and stuff you in the trunk Earl
                   C   F C                      G   F     C    F   C G F C 
Well is that all right     Good Let's go for a ride      Earl Hey