The narrator claims to have acted in self-defense when the sheriff tried to shoot him. The song was first released in 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 I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton With Keith Richards - Blood Brother justice.
Inwith the controversy surrounding the Ice-T song " Cop Killer ", Marley's song was often cited by Ice-T's supporters as evidence of his detractors' hypocrisy, considering that the older song was never similarly criticized despite having much the same theme. InBob Marley's former girlfriend Esther Anderson claimed that the lyrics, "Sheriff John Brown always hated me, For what, I don't know: Every time I Obituary - Of God - Grey March a seed, He said kill it before it grow" are actually about Marley being very opposed to her use of birth control pills; Marley supposedly substituted the word "doctor" with sheriff.
Eric Clapton recorded a cover version that was included on his album Ocean Boulevard. His take on the song has a soft rock  and reggae sound. The song was Clapton's only number one single in the United States . InClapton's version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The song was a hit in several countries. It peaked at number two in the UK and at number one in New Zealand.
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