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Lyrics and Chords

Chorus: (x2)
Gm
I shot the sheriff,
Cm                         Gm
  But I did not shoot the deputy.
{{*}}
Verse 1:
D#maj7  Dm7         Gm
  All around in my home town,
          D#maj7    Dm7     Gm
They're trying to track me down.
      D#maj7            Dm7        Gm
They say they want to bring me in guilty
         D#maj7       Dm7 Gm
For the killing of a deputy,
         D#maj7    Dm7 Gm
For the life of a deputy. But I say:
{{*}}
[Riff]
{{*}}
Chorus:
Gm
I shot the sheriff,
Cm                       Gm
  But I swear it was in self-defense.
Gm
I shot the sheriff,
Cm                      Gm
  And they say it is a capital offense.
{{*}}
Verse 2:
D#maj7           Dm7         Gm
  Sheriff John Brown always hated me;
      D#maj7 Dm7      Gm
For what,    I don't know.
    D#maj7      Dm7          Gm
And ev'ery time     that I plant a seed,
          D#maj7    Dm7      Gm
He said "Kill it before it grows."
          D#maj7    Dm7      Gm
He said "Kill it before it grows." But I say:
{{*}}
[Riff]
{{*}}
Chorus: (x2)
Gm
I shot the sheriff,
Cm                       Gm
  But I swear it was in self-defense.
{{*}}
Verse 3:
D#maj7     Dm7             Gm
  Freedom came my way one day,
D#maj7    Dm7           Gm
  And I started out of town, yeah.
D#maj7      Dm7           Gm
  All of a sudden I see sheriff John Brown
D#maj7        Dm7     Gm
  Aiming to shoot me down,
       D#maj7 Dm7             Gm
So I shot,        I shot him down. I say:
{{*}}
[Riff]
{{*}}
Chorus:
Gm
  I shot the sheriff,
Cm                         Gm
  But I did not shoot the deputy.
Gm
I shot the sheriff,
Cm                         Gm
  But I did not shoot the deputy.
{{*}}
Verse 4:
D#maj7  Dm7              Gm
    Reflexes got the better of me,
D#maj7     Dm7            Gm
  And what is to be must be.
D#maj7   Dm7            Gm
  Every day the bucket goes to the well,
D#maj7             Dm7             Gm
  But one day the bottom will drop out.
D#maj7      Dm7                  Gm
  Yes, one day the bottom will drop out. But I say:
{{*}}
[Riff]
{{*}}
Chorus:
Gm
I shot the sheriff,
Cm                         Gm
  But I did not shoot the deputy, oh no.
Gm
I shot the sheriff,
Cm                         Gm
  But I did not shoot no deputy, oh no.
{{*}}
Coda:
Cm Dm  | Gm  - x6

Key

key
Gm
original
key
Gm
G#m F#m
transpose
capo
on
0 fret
not in use
C
C#
D
D#
E
F
F#
G
G#
A
A#
B

Chord Fingerings

Tablatures

For original key Gm only:

Riff:
e|--------------|-------
B|--------------|-------
G|--0-----------|-------
D|----3-0-----0-|-------
A|--------3-1---|-3-1---
E|--------------------3-

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