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I shot the sheriff

Song Author Bob Marley Lyrics by: Bob Marley Performer: Bob Marley Submitted by: rokkari
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I did not shoot the [Gm]deputy.
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I did not shoot the [Gm]deputy.

[Eb]All a[Dm]round in my [Gm]home town
they're [Eb]trying to [Dm]track me [Gm]down.
They [Eb]say they want to [Dm]bring me in [Gm]guilty
for the [Eb]killing of a [Dm]deputy, [Gm]    
for the [Eb]life of a [Dm]deputy, [Gm]    
But I say:
[G]    [F]    [D]    [C]    [A#]    [D]    [C]    [A#]    [G]    
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I swear it was in self[Gm]defence.
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]and they say it is a capital[Gm]offence.

[Eb]Sheriff John [Dm]Brown always hated [Gm]me   
for[Eb] what [Dm]I don't [Gm]know.
[Eb]Ev'ry time that [Dm]I plant a [Gm]seed   
he said[Eb] "Kill it [Dm]before it [Gm]grows,"
he said[Eb] "Kill them [Dm]before they [Gm]grows,"
But I say:
[G]    [F]    [D]    [C]    [A#]    [D]    [C]    [A#]    [G]    
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I swear it was in self[Gm]defence.
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I swear it was in self[Gm]defence

[Eb]Freedom came my [Dm]way one [Gm]day   
and I[Eb] started [Dm]out of [Gm]town.
[Eb]All of a sudden I [Dm]see sheriff John [Gm]Brown,
[Eb]aiming to [Dm]shoot me [Gm]down.
So I [Eb]shot, I [Dm]shot him [Gm]down.
But I say:
[G]    [F]    [D]    [C]    [A#]    [D]    [C]    [A#]    [G]    
If I am guilty I will pay

[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I did not shoot the [Gm]deputy.
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I did not shoot the [Gm]deputy.

[Eb]Reflexes got [Dm]the better of [Gm]me   
and [Eb]what is to [Dm]be must [Gm]be.   
[Eb]Ev'ry day the [Dm]bucket goes down the [Gm]well,
but one [Eb]day the [Dm]bottom will drop [Gm]out,   
yes one [Eb]day the [Dm]bottom will drop [Gm]out.   
But I say:
[G]    [F]    [D]    [C]    [A#]    [D]    [C]    [A#]    [G]    
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I did not shoot the [Gm]deputy.
[Gm]I shot the sheriff,
[Cm]but I did not shoot no [Gm]deputy.

[Gm]    [Cm]    [Gm]    [Cm]    [Gm]    [Cm]    [Gm]    [Cm]    [Gm]    

I shot the sheriff,
but I did not shoot the deputy.
I shot the sheriff,
but I did not shoot the deputy.

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:

I shot the sheriff,
but I swear it was in selfdefence.
I shot the sheriff,
and they say it is a capitaloffence.

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 them before they grows,"
But I say:

I shot the sheriff,
but I swear it was in selfdefence.
I shot the sheriff,
but I swear it was in selfdefence

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:

If I am guilty I will pay

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 down the well,
but one day the bottom will drop out,
yes one day the bottom will drop out.
But I say:

I shot the sheriff,
but I did not shoot the deputy.
I shot the sheriff,
but I did not shoot no deputy.

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