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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
The Family Jewels track listing
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"Are You Satisfied?" is a song by Welsh singer-songwriter 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.

Commercial performance Edit

This song was not commercially successful on charts but it has a lot of online streams, and is a fan favorite off of The Family Jewels.

Official versions Edit

  • Album version — 3:21
  • Instrumental version — 3:21
  • MySpace Demo - 3:21
  • Demo 1 — 2:48
  • Demo 2 — 3:22

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?)

MySpace Demo 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?

One life pretending to be
The cat who got the cream
Oh, everybody said
Marina is a dreamer
People like to tell you

[Pre-Chorus]
What you're gonna be
It's not my problem if you don't see what I see
And I do not give a damn if you don't believe
My problem is my problem that I never am happy
It's my problem, it's my problem on how fast I will succeed

[Chorus 1]
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 2]
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?

[Bridge]
Sad inside, in this life
Unsatisfied, praying
Sad inside, in this life
Unsatisfied, waiting

[Chorus 2]
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 1 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?

One life pretending to be
The cat who got the cream
Oh, everybody said
Marina is a dreamer
People like to tell you

[Pre-Chorus]
What you're gonna be
It's not my problem if you don't see what I see
And I do not give a damn if you don't believe (it's my problem, it's my problem)
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 1]
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 sway
It's my problem, it's my problem if I feel the need to hide
It's my fatherfucking problem if I feel unsatisfied







[Bridge]
sad inside, in this life
unsatisfied, praying
sat inside, in this life
unsatisfied, waiting
waiting, to, be free






[Outro]
are you sad? are you sad?
are you sad? are you sad?
are you sad? are you sad?
are you satisfied?

are you satisfied?
are you satisfied?

Demo version 2 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?

One life pretending to be
The cat who got the cream
Oh, everybody said
Marina is a dreamer
People like to tell you

[Pre-Chorus]
What you're gonna be
It's not my problem if you don't see what I see
And I do not give a damn if you don't believe
My problem is my problem that I never am happy
It's my problem, it's my problem on how fast I will succeed

[Chorus 1]
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 am controlling
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 2]
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?

[Bridge]
Sad inside, in this life
Unsatisfied, praying
Sad inside, in this life
Unsatisfied, waiting

[Chorus 2]
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?)

Credits Edit

Personnel
  • Marina Diamandis — Piano, Songwritting, Screm
  • 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)