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Bob Marley

I Shot The Sheriff

  • Reggae
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  • Rock
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  • 1974
  • 2012
  • 1973
  • 1945
  • 1964

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“I Shot the Sheriff” is a song written by Bob Marley, told from the point of view of a man who admits to having killed the local sheriff, but claims to be falsely accused of having killed the deputy sheriff. He also claims to have acted in self defense when the sheriff tried to shoot him. The song was first released on The Wailers’ album Burnin. Eric Clapton recorded a cover version that was included on his album, 461 Ocean Boulevard. It is the most successful version of the song, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Clapton’s only #1 hit song in the U.S. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ I shot the sheriff ... One day the bottom a-go drop out ... But I swear it was in self-defence

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This song is listed #443 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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