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I Shot the Sheriff

Bob Marley
Language: English



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
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-defence
Oh, no! 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…

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 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, yeah!
I - I shot the Sheriff
But I didn't shoot no deputy, yeah! No, yeah!‎


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