Richest Man on Earth

Paul Overstreet

About Richest Man on Earth

"Richest Man on Earth" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Paul Overstreet. It was released in April 1990 as the fifth single from his album Sowin' Love. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in August 1990. It was written by Overstreet and Don Schlitz.


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I've heard tell of millionaires 
And billionaires and such 
Who gathered all their treasures 
And still did not have enough 

If money could buy peace of mind 
I guess they'd have it all 
But all the money in the world 
Wouldn't hold you when you fall 

We've got a roof over our head 
And the kids have all been fed 
And the women I love most 
Lies close beside me in our bead 
Lord, give me the eyes to see 
Exactly what it's worth 
And I will be the richest man on earth 

Lord, when I wish I had the things 
That you gave someone else 
I pray that you'll forgive me 
For just thinkin' of myself 

I haven't been as thankful 
As I know I ought to be 
I should be more then satisfied 
With all you've given me 

Bridge: One thing is for certain 
It don't matter when you die 
If you had a million 
Or if you just got by 

Yes, I will be the richest man on earth

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Paul Overstreet

Paul Lester Overstreet (born March 17, 1955) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He recorded 10 studio albums between 1982 and 2005, and charted 16 singles on the Billboard country charts, including two No. 1 hits. He has also written singles for several other country acts, including No. 1 hits for Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, and Keith Whitley, as well as hits for The Judds and Kenny Chesney. more »

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11 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Richest Man on Earth" is classified under the genre of Country music.
Album Association
This song is from Paul Overstreet's album titled "Heroes", which was released in 1991.
Chart Performance
"Richest Man on Earth" was pretty successful as it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Hit Songwriter
Paul Overstreet, the singer of "Richest Man on Earth", is not just a performer but also a renowned songwriter. He has written hits for artists like Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, and Kenny Chesney.
Grammy Winner
Overstreet, while not for "Richest Man on Earth" specifically, is a two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter.
Song Message
The song carries a strong message about the importance of love over wealth, suggesting that a man who is rich in love, could be considered the richest man on earth.
Collaborative Creation
"Richest Man on Earth" was written by Paul Overstreet in collaboration with Don Schlitz, a famous American songwriter.
Paul's Hit Singles
While "Richest Man on Earth" was a success, Overstreet is most well-known for his No. 1 hit singles such as "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love" and "Daddy's Come Around."
Artist Legacy
Paul Overstreet has been consistently active in the music industry for decades, significantly impacting the genre of country music and influencing many artists.
Country Influence
Known for his more traditional style of country, "Richest Man on Earth" is no different, featuring elements like acoustic guitars, fiddles and steel guitars.
Song Accessibility
"Richest Man on Earth" is widely available for streaming on major platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

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