I Shot The Sheriff

I shot the sheriffBut I didn't shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!I shot the sheriffBut I didn't shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.)Yeah! All around in my home town,They're tryin' to track me down;They say they want to bring me in guiltyFor the killing of a deputy,For the life of a deputy.But I say:
Oh, now, now. Oh!(I shot the sheriff.) - the sheriff.(But I swear it was in selfdefence.)Oh, no! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!I say: I shot the sheriff - Oh, Lord! -(And they say it is a capital offence.)Yeah! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!
Sheriff John Brown always hated me,For what, I don't know:Every time I plant a seed,He said kill it before it grow -He said kill them before they grow.And so:
Read it in the news:(I shot the sheriff.) Oh, Lord!(But I swear it was in self-defence.)Where was the deputy? (Oo-oo-oh)I say: I shot the sheriff,But I swear it was in selfdefence. (Oo-oh) Yeah!
Freedom came my way one dayAnd I started out of town, yeah!All of a sudden I saw sheriff John BrownAiming 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 (oh, no-oh), oh no!(I shot the sheriff.) I did!But I didn't shoot no deputy. Oh! (Oo-oo-ooh)
Reflexes had got the better of meAnd 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 shot the deputy. Yeah!I - I (shot the sheriff) -But I didn't shoot no deputy, yeah! No, yeah!