Perfect Day

Album: Transformer (1972)
Charted: 45
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  • This song was used in the movie Trainspotting after Renton (Ewan McGregor) had overdosed on heroin. Many people include this song in their "Smoking" mixes.
  • In 1995 Duran Duran covered this reaching #28 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • In 1997 this was utilized in a promotion by the BBC of its diverse music coverage. The track was released as a charity single for Children In Need and it topped the UK charts, earning over £2,100,000 for the charity. The song featured a host of well-known singers and performers, including Lou Reed opening and closing the song. Amongst the other musicians on the track are Bono, David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Elton John, Boyzone, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, Shane McGowan, Gabrielle, Dr. John, Evan Dando and jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine, who provides an instrumental break.
  • The recording, like the rest of the Transformer album, was produced by David Bowie, with guitarist Mick Ronson providing the arrangement.
  • According to Victor Bockri's Transformer: The Lou Reed Story, the song's lyrics are often considered to suggest simple, conventional romantic devotion, possibly alluding to Reed's relationship with Bettye Kronstadt (soon to become his first wife) and Reed's own conflicts with his sexuality, drug use, and ego.
  • The line "you're gonna reap just what you sow" alludes to St. Paul's letter to the Galatians 6:7 in the New Testament, which reads: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
  • The song was featured on an AT&T commercial featuring snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler that ran during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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Comments: 13

  • Janetlee from Panama City, FlNow Susan Boyle has recorded it. Many folks may not like her cover, but I do. The video is awesome!
    READ: Susan Boyle and Lou Reed are making beautiful music together following a highly publicized scuffle in which the Velvet Underground front man reportedly denied the "Britain's Got Talent" alum the right to sing a cover of his song, "Perfect Day."

    Now the duo appear to be thumbing their noses at the press with Reed joining forces with Boyle to make the music video of her cover of "Perfect Day"

    According to E! Weekly, Reed himself came up with the concept for the atmospheric music video, which features shots of a heavily made up Boyle singing through the mist of Loch Lomond in Scotland.

    Though it may appear contrived, an insider on the Loreena McKennitt-style video shoot told the Sunday Mail that the weather did in fact boast much fog and "gale force winds."

    "I wanted to create a beautiful and intimate piece shot in Susan's native Scotland and she quickly agreed," Reed told the British newspaper.

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  • Fred from Laurel, MdAnd now it's being used in an Olympics-themed TV ad, played during the televising of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. It's an ad for AT&T ("here's to possibilities"), and the song version they use is the original by Lou Reed. Gretchen Bleiler starts out snowboarding in the half-pipe and propels herself into space. Pity her competition! Wonderful song--Lou always has a sly edge to him--and terrific ad, deliciously surreal!
  • Colin from Bracknell, United KingdomIt is absolutely NOTHING to do with drugs, heroin or anything like that!
    Lou Reed is on record countless times stating that this song is about an obsessive ex-lover who wants revenge because they have been dumped. If you listen to the song with this in mind, it becomes obvious whereas there is NOTHING in the song which refers to drugs.
    And before anyone says "Yeah..he would say that as he is hardly going to admit it!".....he wrote the song "Heroin" forgodsakes!!! Essentially, he is saying that this person made him forget all his worries and convinced him that he was worth something and then left, leaving him in despair with only his memories....but they will reap what they sow in the end.
  • Budoshi from Sandnessjøen, NorwayFor me it's a tribute to a day that one always want to have, never appreciates when it is there, and misses when it is gone.

    In short.. The perfect day when everything is just good.
  • J from Calgary, AbIt is a song about disappointment. The singer is eternally kept hanging on, but inevitably disappointed - likely because the person did not stay clean from drugs. The "perfect day" is sarcasm, and which is conveyed but the depressing nature of the music and the singer's voice. The singer is , but cleaning the person up - like in the movie Trainspotting where he is dragged to the hospital.

    Basically, it is a song you'd sing if you'd left your friend/lover because of his/her drug problem, later taken them back, and then had them ruin an anniversary date in order to go shoot-up.

    Basically, not a very happy song. : )
  • Andrés from Montevideo, UruguayI agree with Alasdair, it's a song about coming off drugs and that horrible world that are drugs. I think that was a perfect day because he did those things instead of drugs. The phrase "keep me hanging on", in my opinion, refers to stay clean and don't fall back into drugs. Anyway, that's just my view...
  • Michael from Heers, BelgiumIt's a drug song indeed. 'You just keep me haning on' but in the end there's still a warning that you reap what you sow. No love song like some would like to believe, all about doing drugs because that's the only thing that keeps someone hanging on.
  • Jesse from New York, NyPerfect Day (aswell as "Sweet Jane") were also performed by Lou Reed himself in the Christina Ricci film "Prozac Nation" released in 2001.
  • Dave from Sunderland, United StatesLou Reed famously went on record say he thought Durandurans version of the the song was his favorite and much preferred it to his own.
  • J from Port Huron, MiIt's a heartbreaker.
  • Alasdair from Newdigate, Englandi have heard that its about coming off heroin, although its melencholy nature hints that it may actually be about a heroin trip itself
  • Sander from Rotterdam, United StatesThe reason because this song was used in the movie Trainspotting is because this song is about heroin. Someone who scores heroin, and has a trip is havind a "Perfect Day". Sander
  • Eugenio from Naxxar, EuropeGreat song can someone tell me the meaning of it, thankyou Eugenio from malta
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