While this song does make specific references to heroin ("Now I've got the needle, and I can shake"), Nowell wrote it about a specific girl. In our interview with Sublime bass player Eric Wilson
, he explained that the "Pool Shark" was his girlfriend at the time. "She was really good at pool - it turns out she was hanging out with some guys and she got good at pool," he said. "They broke up shortly after that, but that's what he wrote that about."