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.
During the controversy over the Body Count song "Cop Killer", it was frequently pointed out that there were no similar complaints…
(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, ooh)
Yeah! All around in my home town,