I Shot The Sheriff lyrics


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I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley!

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.

All around in my hometown,
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.

Oh, now, now. Oh!
(I shot the sheriff.) – the sheriff,
but I swear it was in self-defense.
Oh, no! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!
I say: I shot the sheriff – Oh, Lord! –
And they say it is a capital offense.
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, read it in the news.

(I shot the sheriff.) Oh, Lord!
But I swear it was in self-defense,
where was the deputy? (Oo-oo-oh).
I say: I shot the sheriff,
but I swear it was in self-defence. (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.
I – I (shot the sheriff).
But I didn’t shoot no deputy, yeah!
No, yeah.


I Shot The Sheriff – Chords

Gm | Cm Cm7 Cm Cm7 | Gm7 Gm Gm7 Gm7 Gm Gm7 |
I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
Gm | Cm Cm7 Cm Cm7 | Gm7 Gm Gm7 Gm7 Gm Gm7 |
I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

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Bob Marley

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist.

Marley is the most widely known performer of reggae music and is regarded by many as a prophet of the Rastafarian religion. Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley.

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His long career earned him three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

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