Eric Clapton: I Shot the Sheriff

Eric Clapton: I Shot the Sheriff

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Vocabulary practice: crime and punishment

kill

self-defense

hated

Freedom

guilty

aiming

track

capital offense

 

Fill in the gaps with the words in the table.

I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.

All around in my home town
They're trying to ……………….. me down.
They say they want to bring me in ………………..
For the killing of a deputy,
For the life of a deputy.
But I say:

I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in ……………….. .  
I shot the sheriff, and they say it is a ……………….. .

Sheriff John Brown always ……………….. me;
For what I don't know.
Every time that I plant a seed
He said, ……………….. it before it grows.
I say:

I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self defense.
I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self defense.

……………….. came my way one day
And I started out of town.
All of a sudden I see sheriff John Brown
……………….. to shoot me down.
So I shot, I shot him down.
I say:

I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.

Reflexes got the better of me
And what is to be must be.
Every day the bucket goes to the well,
But one day the bottom will drop out,
Yes, one day the bottom will drop out.
But I say:

I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot no deputy, oh no.
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot no deputy, oh no.

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I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.

All around in my home town
They're trying to track me down.
They say they want to bring me in guilty
For the killing of a deputy,
For the life of a deputy.
But I say:

I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense.
I shot the sheriff, and they say it is a capital offense.

Sheriff John Brown always hated me;
For what I don't know.
Every time that I plant a seed
He said, kill it before it grows.
He said, kill it before it grows.
I say:

I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self defense.
I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self defense.

Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town.
All of a sudden I see sheriff john brown
Aiming to shoot me down.
So I shot, I shot him down.
I say:

I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.

Reflexes got the better of me
And what is to be must be.
Every day the bucket goes to the well,
But one day the bottom will drop out,
Yes, one day the bottom will drop out.
But I say:

I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot no deputy, oh no.
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot no deputy, oh no.

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to shoot – lőni, lelőni
deputy - helyettes
to track someone down – kinyomoz, követi a nyomait
guilty - bűnös
to swear - megesküdni
self-defense - önvédelem
capital offense – főbenjáró bűn
freedom - szabadság
to aim - célozni
to get the better of someone – legyőzni valakit
every day the bucket goes to the well but one day the bottom will drop out – Jamaikai közmondás, jelentése: nem bírja tovább, elszakad a húr
 

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