I Shot The Sheriff (7:14)

Cover of Burnin'

From Burnin' and 44 other releases

“I Shot the Sheriff” is a song written by Bob Marley. The song was first released on The Wailers’ album Burnin’.

Eric Clapton recorded a cover version that was included on his album, 461 Ocean Boulevard. It is the most successful version of the song, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Clapton’s only chart-topping hit in the U.S.

I want to say ‘I shot the police’ but the government would have made a fuss so I said ‘I shot the sheriff’ instead… but it’s the same idea: justice.” — Bob Marley

During the controversy over the Body Count song “Cop Killer”, it was frequently pointed out that there were no similar complaints about Marley’s song even though they had similar themes.


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