Bob Marley & The Wailers - I Shot The Sheriff

I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh

Yeah! All around in my home town
They're tryin' to track me down, yeah
They say they want to bring me in guilty
For the killing of a deputy
For the life of a deputy
But I say

Oh, now, now. Oh!
(I shot the sheriff) - the sheriff
(But I swear it was in selfdefence)
Lord know! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!
I say: I shot the sheriff - Oh, Lord!
(And they say it is a capital offence)
Yeah! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!

Sheriff John Brown always hated me
For what, I don't know
Every time I plant a seed
He said kill it, before it grow
He said kill them before they grow
And so.. and so

Read it in the news
(I shot the sheriff) Oh, Lord!
(But I swear it was in self-defence)
Where was the deputy? (oo-oo-oh)
I say, I shot the sheriff
But I swear it was in selfdefence, (oo-oh) yeah!

Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town, yeah!
All of a sudden, I saw sheriff John Brown
Aiming to shoot me down
So I shot - I shot - I shot him down and I say
If I am guilty I will pay

(I shot the sheriff)
But I say (But I didn't shoot no deputy),
I didn't shoot no deputy (oh, no-oh), oh no!
(I shot the sheriff) I did!
But I didn't shoot no deputy, Oh! (oo-oo-ooh)

Reflexes had got the better of me
And what is to be must be
Every day the bucket a-go a well
One day the bottom a-go drop out
One day the bottom a-go drop out, I say

I - I - I - I shot the sheriff
Lord, I didn't shot the deputy, yeah
I - I (shot the sheriff) -
But I didn't shoot no deputy, yeah! no, yeah!


This song is the original version first released in 1973.
It was later covered by Ken Boothe in 1976, by Bunny Wailer in 1981 and by UB40 in 2008.

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