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Samuel’s Musician Of The Week

October 22nd, 2006 at 07:26pm

This week the award goes to Bob Marley, and the feature song is “I Shot The Sheriff”…I never gave much thought to how the lyrics would look on paper until now, and I must say there is a lot in this song that I never noticed previously.

(I shot the sheriff
But I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! oh!
I shot the sheriff
But 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 guilty
For 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 self defence.)
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 self defence. yeah! (oo-oh)

Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town, yeah!
All of a sudden I saw sheriff John Brown
Aiming 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 the better of me
And 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!

Samuel

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