I Shot The Sheriff


By Eric Clapton


Intro

Gm                 Cm7                 Gm

Gm                   Gm                 Gm


Chorus 1

Gm                 Cm7                       Gm

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

Gm                 Cm7                       Gm

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


Verse 1

Ebmaj7           Dm7           Gm

All around in my home town

Ebmaj7                     Dm             Gm

They're trying to track me down

Ebmaj7                     Dm             Gm

They say they want to bring me in guilty

Ebmaj7                 Dm         Gm

For the killing of a deputy

    Ebmaj7             Dm         Gm

For the life of a deputy   But I say?

Gm                 Cm7                     Gm



Turnaround

Chorus 2

Gm                 Cm7                     Gm

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

Gm                 Cm7                     Gm

I shot the sheriff, and they say it is a capital offense


Verse 1

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!


Turnaround

Chorus 2

Verse 3

Freedom came my way one day

And I started out of town yeah

All of a sudden I see sheriff John Brown

Aiming to shoot me down

So I shot, I shot him down I say!



Turnaround

Chorus 1

Verse 4

Reflexes got the better of me

And what is to be must be

Every day the bucket falls to the well

But one day the bottom will drop out

Yes, one day the bottom will drop out But I say


Turnaround

Chorus 1