Shameika

Album: Fetch The Bolt Cutters (2020)
  • When she wrote this song, Apple wasn't sure if Shameika was real or if she was confabulated. Before the album was released, Apple talked about Shameika in a New Yorker article that her third grade teacher, Linda Kunhart, came across. Kunhart emailed Apple a photo of Shameika, proving that she was, in fact, real.

    "She's so cute - she doesn't look like a bully at all," Apple explained to Vulture. "She's just got this big smile on her face. But on the piece of paper that Miss Kunhart sent me, there's this short essay Shameika had written on the top. And, man, it is amazing. It's all about how she got put up to do this thing in church, in the service. And everybody was laughing because she was so cute and she messed up words or something. And she was so pissed. She was like, 'They used me to bring the people in there, to think it was cute. They used me.' I was like, This little kid realized what the f-k was going on."
  • Middle school is a formative time, and so important to Apple's development that it was still on her mind 30 years later. In this song, she remembers keeping to herself and trying to confront bullies, which didn't help. She says this was a time when she developed an unhealthy view of other women because her friends would often abandon her for someone more popular.
  • The line, "Sebastian said I'm a good man in a storm" isn't about the martyr Saint Sebastian, but about her bass player, Sebastian Steinberg, who told Apple she was a "good man in a storm" after their tour bus was pulled over in Texas in 2012 and Fiona took their weed, knowing police would go easier on her (a little white girl) than on her bandmates.

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