Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 27, 2000
In Reply to: Dixiechicks lyric posted by Dan Rashid on October 27, 2000
: in the first verse of Dennis Linde's "Earl had to die",it sounds to me as if the Chicks are singing:
: "both members of the forage [four age?] club and active in the FFA..."
: If that's right, what's it mean?
The actual lyric is:
"Maryanne and Wanda were the best of friends, all through their highschool days
both members of the four H club, both active in the FFA
After graduation Maryanne went out, looking for a bright new world
Wanda looked all around this town, and all she found was Earl"
The 4H Clubs--Head Heart Hands and Health--and the FFA--Future Farmers of America--are youth oriented. 4Hers are involved in learning new skills, running their clubs, doing community service, helping others, and teaching others.
So what the Dixiechicks are saying is that Maryanne, before she met up with Earl, was a nice girl who was doing the right thing and was very family and community oriented and then, because of the abuse from Earl, had to do away with Earl:
We need a break...
Lets go out to the lake Earl
We'll pack a lunch, and stuff you in the trunk, Earl
Is that alright? Good! Lets go for a ride, Earl. Hey!"