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Chorus:
Am
 I shot the sheriff,
Dm                     Am
 But I didn't shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
Am
 I shot the sheriff,
Dm                     Am
 But I didn't shoot no deputy. Ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

Verse:
F     Em7      Am
 All a-round in my home town,
        F        Em7      Am
They're tryin' to track me down;
F             Em7                 Am
 They say they want to bring me in guilty,
        F           Em7  Am
For the killing of a depu-ty,
        F        Em7 Am
For the life of a dep-uty. But I say...

Riff:
xA|--10-8--5-3-----5-3-------|
xE|-------------6-------6-3--|
xC|--------------------------|
xG|--------------------------|

Chorus:
Am
 I shot the sheriff,
Dm                     Am
 But I swear it was in self-defence. - Oh, no! Yeah! -
       Am                     Dm
I say; I shot the sheriff, oh Lord!
                     Am
And they say it is a capital offence. Yeah!

Verse:
F       Em7               Am
 Sheriff John Brown always hated me,
    F     Em7      Am
For what... I don't know.
      F     Em7     Am
Every time I plant a seed,
        F         Em7     Am
He said kill it be-fore it grow,
        F           Em7       Am
He said kill them be-fore they grow. And so, and so...

Riff:
xA|--10-8--5-3-----5-3-------|
xE|-------------6-------6-3--|
xC|--------------------------|
xG|--------------------------|

- Read it in the news! -

Chorus:
Am
 I shot the sheriff,
Dm                     Am
 But I swear it was in self-defence. I say;
Am
 I shot the sheriff,
Dm                     Am
 But I swear it was in self-defence. - Yeah! -

Verse:
F               Em7     Am
 Freedom came my way one day,
      F      Em7     Am
And I started, out of town, yeah!
F        Em7          Am
 All of a sudden I saw Sheriff John Brown,
F         Em7      Am
 Aiming to shoot me down,
     F      Em7              Am
So I shot, I shot, I shot him down. And I say...

Riff:
xA|--10-8--5-3-----5-3-------|
xE|-------------6-------6-3--|
xC|--------------------------|
xG|--------------------------|

- If I am guilty, I will pay -...

Chorus:
Am
 I shot the sheriff,
Dm                     Am
 But I didn't shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
Am
 I shot the sheriff,
Dm                     Am
 But I didn't shoot no deputy. Ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

Verse:
   F             Em7       Am
Re-flexes had the better of me,
    F         Em7     Am
And what is to be must be.
      F       Em7           Am
Every day, the bucket a-go a-well,
F           Em7         Am
 One day the bottom a-go drop out,
F           Em7         Am
 One day the bottom a-go drop out.

Riff:
xA|--10-8--5-3-----5-3-------|
xE|-------------6-------6-3--|
xC|--------------------------|
xG|--------------------------|

- I say -...

Chorus:
    Am
I-I-I, I shot the sheriff,
Dm                            Am
 Lord, I didn't shot the depu-ty. No!
  Am
I-I...- shot the sheriff -,
Dm                     Am
 But I didn't shoot no deputy. Yeah! So, yeah!

Outro - repeat and fade -: Am  Cm, Am    
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  1. Great man

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