Eric Clapton - I Shot the Sheriff Lyrics

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I shot the Sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy
I shot the Sheriff, but I didn't shoot the deputy
All around in my hometown, 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, but I swear it was in self-defense
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 sais: "Kill it before it grows!" But 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, but I say:

Orgel-Solo / Break 3 Takte


I shot the Sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense
I shot the Sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense
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 swear it was in self-defense
I shot the Sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense
Instr.
Schluss

Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Motherless Children
  • 2 Give Me Strength
  • 3 Willie and the Hand Jive
  • 4 Get Ready
  • 5 I Shot the Sheriff
  • 6 I Can’t Hold Out
  • 7 Please Be With Me
  • 8 Let It Grow
  • 9 Steady Rollin’ Man
  • 10 Mainline Florida


  • Credits
    album: Track 5 in album 461 Ocean Boulevard
    release date: 1974
    popularity : 342 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Blues Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Blues Rock/Rhythm & Blues/Classic Rock
    length: 4:25
    producer: Tom Dowd
    electric bass guitar: Carl Radle
    guitar: Eric Clapton and George Terry
    piano: Albhy Galuten
    lead vocals: Eric Clapton
    background vocals: George Terry and Yvonne Elliman
    drumset: Jamie Oldaker
    electronic organ: Dick Sims
    Album Information
    label: RSO
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin