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.
- 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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- "Jean Shepard Billboard chart positions > singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
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