[Intro] A [Verse] A D Mary Anne and Wanda were the best of friends A E All through their high school days A D Both members of the 4H club A E A Both active in the FFA A D After graduation Mary Anne went lookin' A E For a bright new world A D Wanda looked all around this town A E A And all she found was Earl [Verse] A D Well it wasn't two weeks after she got married that A E Wanda started gettin' abused A D She put on dark glasses and long sleeved blouses A E A And make up to cover a bruise A D Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce A E She let the law take it from there A D But Earl walked right through that restraining order A E A And put her in intensive care [Pre-chorus] F#m E Right away Mary Anne flew in from Atlanta D A On a red eye midnight flight F#m E She held Wanda's hand as they worked out a plan D E And it didn't take 'em long to decide [Chorus] A D A E D That Earl had to die Goodbye Earl A D A E D A You're feelin' weak why don’t you lay down and sleep Earl [Verse] A D The cops came by to bring Earl in A E They searched the house high and low A D Then they tipped their hats and said thank you ladies A E A If you hear from him let us know A D Well the weeks went by and spring turned to summer A E And summer faded into fall A D And it turns out he was a missing person A E A That nobody missed at all [Pre-chorus] F#m E So the girls bought some land and a roadside stand D A Out on Highway 109 F#m E They sell Tennessee ham and strawberry jam D E And they don't lose any sleep at night [Chorus] A D A E D Cause Earl had to die Goodbye Earl A D A E D We need a break. Let's go out to the lake Earl A D A E D We'll pack a lunch. Stuff you into the trunk Earl A D A E D A Well is that all right. Good let's go for a ride Earl. Hey!