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Are You Satisfied?
The Family Jewels album artwork
Released February 15, 2010
Length 3:21
Label 679 Recordings, Atlantic Records
Producer Liam Howe, Richard Stannard, Ash Howes
Marina and the Diamonds chronology
The Family Jewels track listing
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"Are You Satisfied?" is a song by Welsh singer-songwritter Marina and the Diamonds. The song was written by Marina Diamandis and produced by Liam Howe, Richard Stannard and Ash Howes. It's the first song from her first studio album The Family Jewels.

Background Edit

It's a personal lament about trying to conform to others' desires and expectations but also trying to be successful while being at ease with ones' true self.

Official versions Edit

  • Album version — 3:21
  • Instrumental version — 3:21
  • Demo version — 2:48

LyricsEdit

Album version Edit

  Verse 1.  

I was pulling out my hair the day I got the deal,
Chemically calm,
Was I meant to feel happy,
That my life was just about to change?

  Pre-chorus.  

One life pretending to be,
The cat who got the cream,
Oh everybody said,
"Marina is a dreamer".
People like to tell you,
What you’re gonna be is not my problem,
If you don’t see what I see,
(It’s my problem, it’s my problem),
And I do not give a damn if you don’t believe,
It’s my problem, it’s my problem,
That I never am happy,
It’s my problem, it’s my problem,
If I’m always gonna feel.

  Chorus.  

Are you satisfied with an average life?
Do I need to lie to make my way in life?

  Verse 2.  

High achiever don't you see,
Baby, nothing comes for free,
They say I'm a control freak,
Driven by a greed to succeed,
Nobody can stop me.

  Pre-chorus.  

Cause it's my problem,
If I wanna pack up and run away,
It's my business if I feel the need to,
Smoke and drink and sway,
It's my problem, it's my problem,
If I feel the need to hide,
And it's my problem if I have no friends,
And feel I want to die.

  Chorus.  


Are you satisfied with an average life?
Do I need to lie to make my way in life?

Are you satisfied with an easy ride?
Once you cross the line will you be satisfied?

  Middle eight.  


Sad inside,
In this life,
Unsatisfied praying.
 
Sad inside,
In this life,
Unsatisfied praying.

  Chorus.  

Are you satisfied with an average life?
Do I need to lie to make my way in life?

Are you satisfied with an easy ride?
Once you cross the line will you be satisfied?

  Outro.  

Black, white
(Are you satisfied, are you satisfied?)
Black, white
(Are you satisfied, are you satisfied?)
Black, white
(Are you satisfied, are you satisfied?)
Black, white
(Are you satisfied, are you satisfied?)

Demo version Edit

  Verse 1.  

I was pulling out my hair the day I got the deal,
Chemically calm,
Was I meant to feel happy that my life,
Was just about to change?

  Pre-chorus.  

One life pretending to be,
The cat who got the cream,
Oh everybody said,
‘Marina is a dreamer’.
People like to tell you,
What you’re gonna be is not my problem,
If you don’t see what I see,
(It’s my problem, it’s my problem),
And I do not give a damn if you don’t believe,
It’s my problem, it’s my problem,
That I never am happy,
It’s my problem, it’s my problem,
If I’m always gonna feel.

  Chorus.  

Sad inside,
In this life,
Unsatisfied,
Tell me.
When will we be free?

  Verse 2.  

High achiever, that is me,
And I don’t need your weed,
Oh, I am a control freak,
Driven by a greed to succeed,
Nobody can stop me.

  Pre-chorus.  

Cause it’s my problem if I wanna pack up and run away,
It’s my business if I feel the need to smoke and drink and swear,
It’s my problem, it’s my problem if I feel the need to hide,
It’s my fatherfucking problem if I feel unsatisfied.

  Chorus.  

Sad inside,
In this life,
Unsatisfied,
Praying.
Sad inside,
In this life,
Unsatisfied,
Waiting.

  Middle eight.  

Waiting to be free.

  Chorus.  

Are you sad?
Are you sad?
Are you sad?
Are you sad?
Are you sad?
Are you sad?

  Outro.  

Are you satisfied?
Are you satisfied?
Are you satisfie-oh.

Credits Edit

Personnel
  • Marina Diamandis — Piano, Songwritting, Vocals
  • Alison Dods — Violin
  • Ash Howes — Keys, Mixing, Production
  • Chris Allan — Cello
  • Clina de la Mere — Violin
  • Dougal Lott — Assistant engineer
  • Liam Howe — Bass, Mellotron, Synths
  • Lucy Shaw — Double bass, Strings
  • Luke Potashnick — Guitar
  • Rachel Robson — Viola
  • Richard Stannard — Keys, Production
  • Richard Wikinson — Engineering
  • Steve Durham — Drums
Technical
  • Published by Warner Chappell
  • Recorded at Biffco Studios (Brighton), The Ivory Tower, Konk Studios (London)
  • Mixed at Biffco Studios (Brighton), The Ivory Tower, Konk Studios (London)

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