LyricsI Shot The Sheriff

The Wailers

Last update on: November 14, 2020

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 hometown They tryin' to track me down, yeah 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, but I swear it was in self defense Ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah I said, I shot the sheriff, oh Lord And they say it is a capital offense Ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah Hear this Sheriff John Brown always hated me For what? I don't know Every time I plant a seed He said, "Kill it before it grows" He said, "Kill them before they grow" And so, and so Read it in the news I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self defense Where was the deputy? (Ooh, ooh, ooh) I said 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, no (ooh, no, oh) I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy Ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah Reflexes had 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 shoot the deputy, no Yeah, I, I, shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy, yeah So yeah

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