“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.” Eric Clapton recorded a cover version that was included on his 1974 album, 461 Ocean Boulevard. It is the most successful cover version of the song, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2003, Clapton’s version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.