I Shot the Sheriff - fingerstyle guitar arrangement

I Shot the Sheriff - fingerstyle guitar arrangement

A great arrangement for fingerstyle guitar of a well known song: I shot the sheriff, by Bob Marley (Eric Clapton). Not an invitation to shot to the police though!

"I Shot the Sheriff" is a song written by Bob Marley, told from the point of view of a narrator who admits to having killed the local sheriff, and claims to be falsely accused of having killed the deputy sheriff. The narrator also claims to have acted in self-defense when the sheriff tried to shoot him. The song was first released in 1973 on The Wailers' album Burnin'.

Marley explained his intention as follows: "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."

In 1992, with the controversy surrounding the Ice-T heavy metal song "Cop Killer", Marley's song was often cited by Ice-T's supporters as evidence of his detractors' hypocrisy considering the older song was never similarly criticized despite having much the same theme.

Tags: Bob Marley, Eric Clapton