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I Shot The Sheriff
The Wailers Lyrics

(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, 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 defense) Oh, no! (Oh, oh, ooh)
Yeah, I say, I shot the sheriff oh, Lord! (And they say it is a capital offense)
Yeah! (oh, oh, ooh) 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? (Oh, oh, ooh)
I say, I shot the sheriff,
But I swear it was in self defense, yeah! (Ooh)

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 (Oh, oh, 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, no
I, I (shot the sheriff)
But I didn't shoot no deputy, yeah
So, yeah

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Bob Marley

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Richard Mcniff

This man should never be forgotten.

Holy Herb


Italian Pitbull


Hellevator ?!


John Doe

His lyrics still going strong,never forget, One love,respect 4 those Who can,'t listen in freedom

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Roman Getman

This live version is so much better than any other I've heard. Like it a lot.

Sofiane Benyoucef

I think the santa barbara live is the best one .

Red Nose Pitbull

@bignig34 yeah fam this one is better

Lou Miele

Agreed! Best one in my opinion


One of the charms with all of his like 50 hits. Is that you can find atleast 5-6 versions of each and every one of them. Different studios, records, albums and conserts. In that way He even multipied his legacy, just by doing so! There is a favourite version for everyone. I have 14 CD albums of his/and the Wailers masterpieces. And still after 25 years listening, I still keep finding new versions of his musical love. That is a statement! Period ❤️💛💚

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