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Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.

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The only person who can give you the security you need and the life you want is you. Others are there to support you, not to take you. Even those who criticize you and try to stop you, they are there to make you stronger. Dream your dream, come up with a plan and start walking, Greet everyone you meet, give thanks for every moment and admire the scenery. Above all, enjoy every step you take. You’ll soon be where you always wanted to be, and even if you don’t get there you’ll be in a better place than the one where you started.

Sheena Easton-Madness Money And Music

I first heard this song when I bought the Madness, Money & Music LP (yes, those long play records) back in 1984. I was living at the dorm of my boarding school in California. I would save my father’s allowance, and instead of buying food, cigarretes or alcohol like any normal highschooler did, I went out early every saturday to the record store and bought one LP each week. I knew Sheena Easton, I thought she was hot, so I saw her new album and bought it.

Immediately, I liked this song, and it has remained one of my favorite love songs of all time. I hope you like it too.

Click here to listen to I Wouldn’t Beg for Water, by Sheena Esaton

Watch Sheena singing I wouldn’t beg for water live on Youtube, click here

Here are the lyrics:

I make friends, I make enemies, it doesn’t matter all that much to me
I’m not the kind who deals behind the scenes
I won’t sell my soul, I’d be nothing without some integrity

Chorus:
I wouldn’t beg for water, I wouldn’t beg for water
If my soul was on fire, that’s the last thing I would ever do
I wouldn’t beg for water, I wouldn’t beg for water
If my soul was on fire, but I’d get down on my knees for you

I’ve got pride, it’s not the foolish kind
Don’t owe people favours, that’s my peace of mind
I don’t know why I deserve someone like you
But you’re my one and only sole exception to all my rules

chorus

Real love is hard to find, as holding back the sands of time
And time can change my life as much as you

I wouldn’t beg for water, I wouldn’t beg for water
If my soul was on fire, you know me well enough to know it’s true
I wouldn’t beg for water, I wouldn’t beg for water
(If my soul was on fire), but I’d get down on my knees for you

Some history about the record, the song and about Sheena,  courtesy of Wikipedia:

Madness, Money & Music is the third album by singer Sheena Easton. It was released in 1982 and produced by Christopher Neil. This Adult Contemporary ballad-led album includes the hits, “I Wouldn’t Beg for Water” (US #64) and “Machinery” (US #57, UK #38), as well as the UK single “Are You Man Enough”. Significantly however, the album featured an early recording of the song “Wind Beneath My Wings“, which would later be covered by Bette Midler in 1988 and many other artists after. The album was one of Easton’s lower-charting efforts, only hitting US #85 and UK #44, but was hugely successful in Scandinavia, and the album sold Gold in Canada. Easton promoted the album by way of a half-hour special produced for British television and syndicated worldwide, during which she performed a number of songs from the album.

Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr; 27 April 1959) is a Scottish recording artist. Easton first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the British television programme The Big Time, which recorded her attempts to gain a record contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records.

In the United States, Easton is a two-time Grammy Award winner and achieved 7 Gold albums and 1 Platinum and has sold over 4 million albums in the US alone, and over 20 million records worldwide. She has recorded 16 studio albums, released 45 singles, and has 15 Top 40 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100. Sheena Easton is the only artist in the history of the US Billboard charts to have a top 3 hit on each of the Billboards key charts consecutively: Adult Contemporary, Dance, Pop, Country, and R&B. In the UK, Easton has had 3 top 40 albums and 8 top 40 singles to date. Easton’s 1980 debut singles, “Modern Girl” and ” 9 to 5,” entered into the UK top ten, making her the first UK female artist to appear twice in the same top ten.

Easton rose to fame in the early 1980s with the pop hits “9 to 5” (known as “Morning Train” in the United States), “For Your Eyes Only“, “Strut“, “Sugar Walls“, “U Got the Look” with Prince, and “The Lover in Me“. She went on to become successful in the United States and Japan, working with prominent vocalists and producers, such as Prince, Christopher Neil, Kenny Rogers, David Foster, Luis Miguel, L.A. Reid and Babyface, Patrice Rushen, and Nile Rodgers.

Easton was born Sheena Shirley Orr in the Scottish town of Bellshill, the youngest of six children to steel mill labourer Alex Orr and his wife Annie. She had two brothers (Robert and Alex) and three sisters (Marilyn, Annessa and Morag). Her earliest known public performance as a singer was at the age of five (in 1964), when she sang “Early One Morning” for her uncle and aunt and various relatives at the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary celebration.[citation needed]

Easton’s father died in 1969 and her mother had to support the family. Easton’s website states that despite her mother’s heavy workload she was always available for her children: “Sheena always speaks very highly of her mum and the wonderful job she did in bringing up her and her siblings, including teaching them all to read at home before they were even enrolled in school.”[1]

Easton did not consider a singing career until viewing the movie The Way We Were, with Barbra Streisand. Streisand’s singing over the opening credits “overtook” the young girl and convinced her that what she wanted most was to be a singer and to have the same effect on others.[citation needed] Her top grades in school earned her a scholarship to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, where she trained from 1975 to 1979 as a speech and drama teacher by day, while singing with a band called “Something Else” by night at local clubs.[citation needed] She chose to study teaching rather than performing, because it was a course of study that would let her perfect her craft as a singer.[citation needed]

In 1979, she married Sandi Easton, the first of her four husbands. They divorced after eight months, and Sheena decided to keep the surname Easton. That year, one of her Academy tutors coaxed her into auditioning for Esther Rantzen, producer of the BBC programme The Big Time. Rantzen was planning a documentary film to chronicle a relative unknown’s rise to pop-music stardom. Easton was selected as the subject for the programme, where she met Lulu (another Scottish singer), who told her that she was unlikely to make the “big time”.[citation needed] Within a year of the programme airing, Sheena Easton proved Lulu wrong as EMI executives awarded her a contract, and Christopher Neil was assigned as her recording producer. Deke Arlon became her first manager, and Easton spent much of 1980 being followed by camera crews, who filmed her throughout the process of making her first EMI single, “Modern Girl”.

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