Bob Marley: ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ (live)

Bob Marley“I Shot The Sheriff” is a song written by Bob Marley. It is a song about justice, innocence and defiance, first released on Marley’s 1973 album, “Burnin’.”

Marley said, “I wanted 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.”

This was the last single Marley released with original Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, who left to pursue solo careers later that year.

Editor’s note: The Bay View thanks Jean Damu for suggesting we post this right now. He said, “I thought maybe there might be some young people who’d appreciate this, at this moment.”