"I Shot The Sheriff" as written by and Robert Marley....
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 self-defense
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 that I plant a seed
He said, "Kill it before it grows"
He said, "Kill it before it grows", I say

I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense
I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense

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, I say

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
Every day the bucket goes to 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, oh no
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy, oh no


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"I Shot the Sheriff" as written by Bob Marley

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  • +1
    General Commentcool song. (claptons the man but i think bob marleys version sounded better.)
    pinkfloydon May 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think bob did better.

    i don't think anyone could top the original.
    jhandson July 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhy is this listed under Clapton??? This is a Bob Marley song! I have nothing against covers and renditions, but this is a *song meaning* site! It's about interpreting lyrics, not discussing which version of a song sounds best. Unless an artist *significantly* changes the lyrics in his cover so that the meaning of the song actually changes, why on earth would anyone make redundant entries of the same song? Clapton's lyrics are almost identical to the original. So, aren't the meanings the same? On a site like this, there should be one entry per song, on the original artist's section. Or did someone enter this in Clapton's section being too ignorant to realize that it was actually a cover?
    JimmyCarlBlackon October 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentNah I think Clapton's is better. Marley's is good too but it just "sounds" older, not as well-produced. Of course you have to give credit to the songwriter, but I think Claptons "rocks" more. My 2 cents.
    stoolhardyon July 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't say Clapton's rocks more because his version has a slower tempo and the vocal approach is rather suttle. But I see what you mean when you compare it to Bob's. Both versions are spectacular but Marley's voice is too soothing to say Clapton's is better.
    Nolesy101on March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsome funky sheit though
    heyjude55on May 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i said sheit
    heyjude55on May 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like claptons version more becayse of the background vocals. The Bob Marley versions background vocals were just too abrasive...
    King of Some Islandon June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song...
    I really need the original!
    one_irish_roveron January 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was posted by my ex recently on a site, it was posted directly to me. Of course there is a story behind it, i can provide more detail. However, just to start does anyone understand what this song is about?
    beaner90on July 09, 2008   Link

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