Friday, April 13, 2012

... in books?

I know that the title is a bit strange but I always title my TGIF posts as "... in books" but this week it should be "... in music" but decide for yourself.

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads!

All of you familiar with Ginger’s blog know that she is a total music freak and it was just a matter of time until a musical question would pop up at TGIF. 

And here it is:  
Musical Stories: If you could read a book about any song, which song would you love to see written down in story form?

I love music, I really do. I think music and books are the two things that keep my sane in life but this week’s question really took some time to answer.

I would pick “Goodbye Earl” by The Dixie Chicks. Those three girls always tell stories in their songs and this is one of my all time favorites.

Dixie Chicks Goodbye Earl
Album: Fly (1999)

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

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 make-up 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

Right away Mary Anne flew in from Atalnta
On a red eye midnight flight
She held Wanda's hand as they
worked out a plan
And it didn't take long to decided

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

The cops came 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 Fall
And it turns out he was a missing person
who nobody missed al all

So the girls bouth some land
and a roadside stand
Out on Highway 109
They sell Tennessee ham
and strawberry jame
And they don't
lose any sleep at night 'cause

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


  1. I absolutely loved this song! I have to agree with you that this would make an awesome book!

  2. I always thought that was such a silly song! Especially the way it is sung by the Dixie Chicks but I think it would be a really funny, potentially comical book too. Or you could take it the complete opposite way and it could be a dark southern murder mystery!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

    1. I love your idea of writing a dark southern murder mystery with this story. I hope that there would be a funny twist in it.

  3. I love this funny! It would be a hilarious story to read. Great choice!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  4. FANTASTIC haahahahah!!!! I watched the entire video while at work and laughed the whole time hehe!! Great choice.

    La Toya (La Toya, Literally)

  5. This was a funny pick! LOL! This was my first time hearing this song. Great pick.