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Goodbye Earl

Updated on June 4, 2014

Now this song has a catchy tune and a story to tell. It's about a relationship gone bad. Earl wasn't nice to Wanda . There are many relationships out there that way which is sad. How many get revenge though on the other.

There was a Earl....

I've had some not so good relationships before so I understand. In fact, there was a Earl! Not quite in the same way as what the song portrays but he was an Earl alright! I knew him when we were kids but didn't go to High School with him like in the song. Of course later in years we got together and got married. What a surprise to many ears! All was good in the beginning then it became rocky. The marriage went sour. Now mind you Earl could frustrate anybody! We divorced.

Bumper Sticker Story

Then I heard this song Goodbye Earl. I'd giggle every time I heard it. It fast became a favorite and I'd turn up the radio every time. I loved the tune plus it was about Earl. One day while online shopping I came across this bumper sticker that said Earl's In The Trunk. I knew I had to get that, so I did. I put it on my trunk when it came and drove around town. Everyone got a kick out of it. Then the cops of the town I lived in would follow me when they saw that sticker. Seriously like I would actually put Earl in the trunk but it was quite an attracting statement. I did, however, give Earl a ride one day. Sure enough the cops pulled in behind my car. We got quite the laugh. He was a trouble maker and a nuisance so I guess revenge might have been possible. I think the cops were looking out for me or maybe not since they seen him in the car. The bumper sticker came off later with a frown. It was fun while it lasted. It seemed to calm everyone else down. I still think about that whenever I hear Goodbye Earl!

Years Later

Its been quite a few years since that all happened but today we are friends; we share a son. Time heals for some but not for others. My heart goes out to those who are physically abused and in a bad relationship or marriage. For them lets say goodbye to those kind of Earls!

More Music by Dixie Chicks

Fly
Fly

Get the album with the song Goodbye Earl on it. Dixie Chicks came out with a great hit back in 1999.

 
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Wide Open Spaces

This is the first CD Dixie Chicks made. It debuted in 1998.

 
The Essential
The Essential

This is the latest Dixie Chicks CD that debuted in 2010. There are two disks loaded full of all the favorites.

 

Hide Earl in the Trunk!

Now that's a memory in a half. It's a fun catchy tune even if you have no Earl in your life!

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I love that you turned a "not so good thing" into a "good thing". Anyone who has been mistreated can relate to this song and have a laugh too. Great review!

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      Drake McSherry 3 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      What a fun review on a not so fun subject, but of course the song is humorous. I miss the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines was the best! Thanks for the review-enjoyed!!

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      Danny Gibson 3 years ago from Northampton

      What a lovely little tale, Cheryl. Really lovely. Simply crafted lens without billions of polls and product pushes. Written so nicely. Thank you for this. And you've given me an idea... !

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Seasons Greetings: Thanks! It was all fun but that's how we feel sometimes about ex's! Again thanks!

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have an exhusband who I managed to make peace with, of sorts. No kids. I would have put on a "Todd is in the Trunk" bumper stick if I had seen one too. Go you!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @writerkath: Thanks! :)

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      Great story, and I have to say I have always gotten a kick out of that song. Glad you and your Earl at least get along!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @SteveKaye: That's a good one! Laughs :)

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      How about a bumper sticker that says: Drive any closer and Earl with take your picture.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Ruthi: We gotta have our humor! Sometimes I still wish I had that sticker. Fun times.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      It would appear your sense of humor runs about like mine, as yes, I would get a kick out of having that 'Earl's In The Trunk' bumper sticker on my car!

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      susan369 3 years ago

      I love the Dixie Chicks too! I haven't heard this song before though. Fun tune! My favourite is probably "Without You".

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Craftypicks: That's a really great memory. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Lori Green 3 years ago from Las Vegas

      I love the Dixie Chicks! When my kids were young we used to drive down to Florida from NY and we would play the Dixie Chicks to keep them quiet in the car. They loved them. We could listen to Earl over and over. They would be singing every word and laughing.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Corrinna-Johnson: I looked and looked for my picture of it. It seems to of vanished. Thanks!

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Love your story! I would have loved to see that bumper sticker. Too funny!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Brite-Ideas: Ya you never know about people/cops. I had it on for a long time but I'd met someone else and he was not in favor of it so I removed it. It was fun tho! Thanks! :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      What an hilarious sticker for the car! can't believe they would think anything other than it being REALLY comical! too bad you just didn't keep it on the truck (FUNNNNNY!!) - glad your Earl wasn't like the Earl in the song though! Fun review, loved it!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Nancy Hardin: Glad you liked it. It's a memory that will be forever with me. Just wish I could find the picture with bumper stick on my car.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oh this is great! I just love this song, so funny! Thanks for writing and sharing this.