I Shot The Sheriff


by Bob Marley
C1:	I shot the sheriff
But I did not shoot the deputy
I shot the sheriff
But I did not shoot the deputy

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

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 C2:	I shot the sheriff
But I swear it was in self defense
I shot the sheriff
And they say it is a capitol offense

Sheriff John Brown always hated me
For what I don't know
Ev'ry time that I plant a seed
He said "Kill it before it grows", He said "Kill it before it grows" - But I say

 C2:	I shot the sheriff
But I swear it was in self defense
I shot the sheriff
And they say it is a capitol offense

Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town
All of a sudden I see sheriff John Brown
Aiming to shoot me down, so I shot, I shot him down - But I say

 C1:	I shot the sheriff
But I did not shoot the deputy
I shot the sheriff
But I did not shoot the deputy

Reflexes got the better of me
And what is to be must be
Ev'ry day the bucket goes to the well
But one day the bottom will drop out, 
Yes one day the bottom will drop out - But I say

 C1:	I shot the sheriff
But I did not shoot the deputy
I shot the sheriff
But I did not shoot the deputy



© 1975 Columbia Records:: on Eric Clapton “461 Ocean Boulevard”

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