Radio Mans fave with Sheena Easton


Morning Train

Sheena Shirley Easton (née Orr; born 27 April 1959) is a Scottish singer and actress. She came into the public eye in an episode of the first British musical reality television series The Big Time: Pop Singer, which recorded her attempts to gain a record deal and her eventual signing with the EMI label. Easton’s first two singles, “Modern Girl” and “9 to 5” (later released as “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” in the United States), both entered the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart simultaneously. She became one of the most successful British female recording artists of the 1980s.

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  1. Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and Sheena Easton’s Morning Train (9 to 5) both hit number one within a few weeks of each other in 1981.

    Dolly’s narrator “tumbles out of bed and stumbles to the kitchen” and the rest is an iconic condemnation of the rat race for all workers but especially females
    Yeah, they got you were they want you
    There’s a better life
    And you think about it, don’t you?
    It’s a rich man’s game
    No matter what they call it
    And you spend your life
    Putting money in his wallet

    Sheena’s song begins similarly “I wake up every mornin’, I stumble out of bed stretchin’ and yawnin’, another day ahead” but the rest of the song the narrator just pines at home for her husband/lover

    All day I think of him
    Dreaming of him constantly
    I’m crazy mad for him
    And he’s crazy mad for me
    When he steps off that train
    Amazingly full of fight
    Work all day to earn his pay
    So we can play all night

    Interesting look at 40 years ago. Despite many improvement’s Dolly’s song still rings true, but I wonder if Sheena’s song would even make it to the studio today.

    Happy International Women’s Day (belated if you are reading this on the 9th)

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