This was the debut single released by British hip-hop artist Jamie Treays, who records under the name of Jamie T. The song was originally released in July 2006 when it charted at #22 in the UK singles chart. It was re-released nine months later and this time peaked at #15.
The song tells three tragic stories, the first about a girl called Sheila who drowns in the River Thames after getting drunk. The second tells the tale of a single father who is gunned down on the streets of London. The third concerns a girl called Georgina, who kills herself after the death of her abusive father. Treays told Q magazine in a 2011 interview: "It's quite a grim song - a series of tragedies. It came from conversations I had with people in a couple of bars I used to hang out in; people who weren't from London but came to live here. They come to the city and realise it's not all it's cracked up to be."
"Sheila" features excerpts from John Betjeman's poem The Cockney Amorist. The samples were taken from an album featuring some of the poet's work that belonged to a member of Treays' family.
English actor Bob Hoskins appears in the song's 2007 music video.
Jamie T included "Shelia" on his debut album, Panic Prevention. The title references his teenage panic attacks.
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