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I SHOT THE SHERIFF
Eric Clapton

from the album "461 Ocean Boulevard" (1974)


transcribed by Steve Garner (s_garner@hotmail.com)


CHORUS:

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


VERSE 1:

Am     Bm         Em
All around in my home town
Am               Bm         Em
They're trying to track me down
  Am                Bm             Em
They say they want to bring me in guilty
       Am           Bm     Em
For the killing of a deputy
       Am        Bm     Em
For the life of a deputy    But I say? (play MAIN RIFF)

MAIN RIFF:
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|--5--3------------------------|
|--------5--3--1--5--3--1------|
|--------------------------3---|

CHORUS:

Em                 Am                      Em
I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense
Em                 Am                      Em
I shot the sheriff, and they say it is a capital offense


VERSE 2:

Am      Bm          Em
Sheriff John Brown always hated me
Am     Bm         Em
For what I don't know
Am     Bm          Em
Every time that I plant a seed
  Am             Bm         Em
He said "Kill it before it grows"
  Am             Bm         Em
He said "Kill it before it grows"   I say!

(play MAIN RIFF)


CHORUS:

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


VERSE 3:

Am      Bm         Em
Freedom came my way one day
Am      Bm           Em
And I started out of town yeah
Am        Bm           Em
All of a sudden I see sheriff John Brown
Am         Bm       Em
Aiming to shoot me down
   Am   Bm    Em
So I shot, I shot him down    I say!

(play MAIN RIFF)


CHORUS:

Em                 Am                       Em
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy
Em                 Am                       Em
I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot the deputy


VERSE 4:

Am     Bm         Em
Reflexes got the better of me
Am     Bm         Em
And what is to be must be
Am     Bm             Em
Every day the bucket falls to the well
Am              Bm          Em
But one day the bottom will drop out
Am        Bm                Em
Yes, one day the bottom will drop out   But I say

(play MAIN RIFF)


CHORUS:

Em                 Am                       Em
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy, oh no
Em                 Am                       Em
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot no deputy, oh no


ENDING:  Am  Bm  Em
         Am  Bm  Em  (repeat and fade)


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comments, corrections: s_garner@hotmail.com

            
            
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