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I Shot The Sheriff
by Bob Marley & The Wailers

I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot no deputy
Oh, no, no
I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot no deputy
Ooh

All around in my hometown
They're tryin' to track me down
They say they want to bring me in guilty
For the life of a deputy
For the life of a deputy
But I say

I shot the sheriff
(But I swear it was in self-defense) I swear it was in self-defense, yeah
It was I shot the sheriff
And they say it is a capital offense

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

And so

I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot the deputy
It was I shot the sheriff
(But I didn't shoot the deputy) I didn't shoot the deputy, no, no

Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town, yeah
Then all of a sudden I saw sheriff John Brown
He was aiming to shoot I down
So I shot, yes, I shot, shot him down
And I say

I-I-I-I shot the sheriff
Lord, I didn't shoot the deputy
(No, no, no)
It was I who shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot the deputy

Reflexes had the better of me
And what is to be must be
Every day the bucket goes to the well
I say, one day the bottom a-go drop out
One day the bottom will drop out
And so
And so
Really sing

I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot the deputy
(No, no, no)
I shot the sheriff
But I didn't shoot the deputy

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

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MrGamerman001

This song is about killing the corporate leaders and not the slaves that follow them. The deputy does what the sheriff says. But the sheriff is the corrupt one. Love ya Bob. :p

Loren Taeuber

I subscribed and I hit the bell

Igoysu Erutan

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dKrebtfglMs what music

Anu Sharma

One of my fav songs - finally i understand. Thank You!

[i] ven

Deputy had my car towed, sherrif was up for reelection and he got it out

Eddie Edwards

Marcelo Vieira that’s not the point either the sheriff is corrupt not the deputy an I believe if a deputy is doin corrupt work for a sherrif when they gain there positions as sheriff they’re going to do things a whole lot different than the corrupt one but hey that’s just my opinion and stuffs what do y’all think about it

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Jepfire 03

In court:

So you shot the sherrif?

Yes

Youre confessing to this murder?

But i didnt shoot the deputy

Oh ok not guilty

Khalid Moner

He shot the sherif but hit the deputy. Am I right?

09catflap dog

You are so cocky I love it hahahahahahahahaha

Shem Casimir

@Loktion Banger sheriffs are elected law enforcement leaders on a county level and deputies are there employees

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