A Satisfied Mind
"A Satisfied Mind" is a song written by Joe "Red" Hayes and Jack Rhodes. Hayes explained the origin of the song in an interview: "The song came from my mother. Everything in the song are things I heard her say over the years. I put a lot of thought into the song before I came up with the title. One day my father-in-law asked me who I thought the richest man in the world was, and I mentioned some names. He said, 'You're wrong, it is the man with a satisfied mind.'" The song has been covered by a variety of well-known artists.
Or, more likely considering the cultural background of the men involved, this aphorism comes from the Bible, in Proverbs 30:7-9, in the words of Agur, son of Jakeh:
7 "Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
8 remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
9 lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain."
This is also expounded further in Luke 12:13-40 in the New Testament, and many other places besides. 
- Porter Wagoner charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list in 1955.
- Red and Betty Foley charted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list in 1955.
- Jean Shepard charted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list in 1955.
- Ella Fitzgerald on 1955 album The First Lady Of Song (Decca) The most impressive version in the pop market, the single reached #25 on the "Music Vendor" Top 100, with 15 weeks in the chart.
- Cowboy Copas on his 1962 album Opry Star Spotlight (Starday)
- Joan Baez on her 1965 album Farewell, Angelina; later appeared on her 1979 compilation Satisfied Mind.
- The Byrds on their 1965 album Turn! Turn! Turn!.
- Glen Campbell B-side of a 1966 single (A-side: "Can't You See I'm Trying"), added to the 1971 Pickwick re-release of his 1962 album Big Bluegrass Special: A Satisfied Mind
- Ian and Sylvia on their 1966 album Play One More (Vanguard)
- Bobby Hebb's 1966 revival peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, in November 1966
- The International Submarine Band on their 1968 album Safe at Home.
- Goose Creek Symphony on their 1970 album Established 1970
- Tim Hardin on his 1971 album Bird on a Wire
- Sonny James on his 1973 album If She Helps Me Get Over You
- Roy Drusky on 1973 single. It peaked at #25 on US country and 38 on Canada country, making it his last top forty on the charts.
- Faron Young recorded it as the title track to his 1973 album, Satisfied Mind. Red Hayes toured with Faron Young and Vassar Clements on their 1973 UK Tour, and died on stage on March 2, 1973 in Manchester UK.
- John Martyn on his 1975 album Sunday's Child
- Bryan Bowers on his 1977 album The View From Home
- David Allan Coe on his 1977 album Texas Moon
- Lucinda Williams on her 1978 album Ramblin'
- Bob Dylan on his 1980 album Saved
- Lindsey Buckingham on his 1981 album Law and Order
- Jonathan Richman on his 1990 album Jonathan Goes Country
- The Walkabouts on their 1993 album Satisfied Mind
- Jeff Buckley on his 1998 posthumous album Sketches (for My Sweetheart the Drunk) The recording was made for a 1992 Radio Session, and had been played at Jeff Buckley's funeral in 1997, which Buckley's mother Mary Guibert mentions as the reason it was included on the collection.
- Eric Bibb on his 1999 album Spirit & The Blues
- Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives on their 2003 album Country Music
- Blind Boys Of Alabama on the 2004 album There Will Be a Light along with Ben Harper
- Johnny Cash at first being exclusive on Kill Bill Vol 2 soundtrack (2004)until his posthumously released album American VI: Ain't No Grave(2010)
- Daniel O'Donnell on his 2009 album, Peace in the Valley
- Justin Vernon from Bon Iver on his collaboration with the Eau Claire Memorial Jazz I ensemble on the 2009 live benefit album A Decade With Duke
- Rosanne Cash, featuring Neko Case, a bonus track on the iTunes version of her 2009 album, The List
- Willie Nelson on his 2010 album Country Music
- Donna Loren on her 2010 album Love It Away
- My Bubba & Mi on their 2011 album How it's Done in Italy
- Kelly Keeling on his CD Knollwood Drive
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