Satisfied Mind

Written by: 
Red Hayes, Jack Rhodes
24 Jan 1975

How many times, have you heard somebody say:
"If I had his money, I'd do things my way."
But little they know, it is so hard to find;
One rich man in ten, with a satisfied mind.

'Cause money can't buy you back,
Youth when you're old,
Or a friend when you're lonely,
Or a heart that's grown cold.

Well once I was living, in fortune and fame.
And I spent all my money, sweet money, playing at games.
Suddenly it happened: I lost every dime.
But I'm richer by far, with my satisfied mind.

'Cause money can't buy back,
Youth - when you get older.
Or a friend when you're lonely,
Or a heart that's grown cold.
Or a friend when you're lonely,
Or a heart that's grown cold.

muffnote:
Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes wrote this song in 1955 and it became an instant number one hit for Porter Wagoner. It charted three times for three artists during eight months in the US. In 1966, the song became popular again, this time for Bobby Hebb (known for Sunny). Just about everybody recorded the song afterwards. My guess is John might have heard it for the first time on Joan Baez' album Farewell, Angelina (1965).

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