(Ch. 4) Song Adaptation Study (example) – Optional Response Post – Due Sept. 24

Response Post (option 2 example). If you select this option, it is due September 24 at 11:59 PM:

Option 2: Take any story song and break down the lyrics by identifying characters, inciting incident, setting if you have one, conflict/crisis, and resolution. If you were to adapt this into a film script, would you see this as a comedy, drama, action film, mystery, etc.?Post this onto your personal film blog (and post response link here). Here is an example: The Dixie Chicks: Good Bye Earl

“Goodbye Earl”

Mary Anne and Wanda were the best of friends4h
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
earlhitand long sleeved blouses
And make-up to cover her bruises
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 and they worked out a plan, And it didn’t take them long to decide
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?
copsWrapped 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 landham
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?
tarpGood! Let’s go for a ride, Earl..

Hey, Well, hey hey hey
Ah, hey hey hey
Well, hey hey hey

  • Characters: Mary Anne, Wanda, Earl, cops.
  • Inciting Incident: After two weeks of marriage, Earl begins abusing his wife, Wanda.
  • Setting: Small Southern Town (USA)
  • Conflict: Mary Anne and Wanda vs. Earl ([Wo]Man vs. Man); Earl is continually abusing Wanda, even after she files for a restraining order against him. She and her best friend, Mary Anne, look for a way to resolve this conflict.
  • Resolution: The girls kill Earl, by poisoning him with black-eyed peas.
  • Genre: Mystery or drama, but the music video feels more like a dark comedy.‚Äč


~Kathryn Manning

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