A Satisfied Mind

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"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.'"[1] The song has been covered by a variety of well-known artists.[2]

This aphorism likely comes from the Mishna, which states "Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot."[3]

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."[4]

This is also expounded further in Luke 12:13-40 in the New Testament, and many other places besides. [5]

Notable covers[edit]


  1. ^ A Satisfied Mind Songfacts
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