Originally composed by songwriters Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes as a country ballad in the ‘50s, “Satisfied Mind” reads like the cross-stitched wall of a southern grandma’s house, feels like a hymn, and has found no definitive version in the half-century since its writing. From Porter Wagoner’s Opry-ready version to Bob Dylan’s god-awful gospel version off Saved to Justin Vernon and Jeff Buckley’s elegiac soulful covers, it’s a simple song that’s been surprisingly hard to pin down.
This is a Stonewall version and it is not definitive. A few weeks ago, we moved into a red house in Brooklyn with some space to record. We have another EP in the works, but we aren’t satisfied with it yet. While we work on the new material, we’re going to record one-take, live covers of some guiding songs. These will be recorded in the laundry room (sometimes during laundry time) in the time it takes to run a load. On this record, we want more soul, more joy, and more clean boxers. And if we can’t write it we’ll steal it. Someone else’s joy is just as good as our own. The same thing does not apply to underwear.
“Money can’t buy back your youth when you’re old,”