Countryklassieker du jour: Goodbye Earl

Mannen die hun overspelige vrouw vermoorden kom je bij honderden tegen in het countrygenre, maar vrouwen die hun klootzak van een kerel naar de andere wereld helpen zijn een zeldzaamheid. ‘Goodbye Earl’ is de spreekwoordelijke uitzondering op de regel. Mary Ann helpt hartsvriendin Wanda met het van kant maken van echtgenoot Earl. Terecht, want Earl is een schoft die Wanda regelmatig mishandelt.  Na de moord ontdoen Wanda en Mary Ann zich van het lijk op een wijze waar Dexter nog wat van kan leren. Wanda en Mary Ann beginnen een succesvolle zaak en leven nog lang en gelukkig.

‘Goodbye Earl’ veroorzaakte in 2000 in countrykringen de nodige opschudding, vooral omdat elk schuldbesef volledig ontbreekt bij de dames. He had it coming en de meiden won’t lose any sleep at night. Feministischer wordt het niet.

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 getting 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 Atlanta
On a red eye midnight flight

She held Wanda’s hand as they
worked out a plan
And it didn’t take ‘em long to decide

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

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”

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

So the girls bought some land
and a roadside stand
out on Highway 109
They sell Tennessee ham
and strawberry jam
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