Perfect Day (3:44)

Cover of Transformer

From Transformer and 123 other releases

A song written by Lou Reed in 1972. Its fame was given a boost in the 1990s when it was featured in the 1996 film Trainspotting, and after its release as a charity single in 1997.

The song was originally featured on the 1972 album Transformer. 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.

However, on a deeper reading of the song’s lyrics, amongst the idealized description of a “perfect day”, interposed lines such as “You just keep me hanging on”, and “I thought I was someone else, someone good” suggest a far deeper yearning than just the superficial romantic clichés, and allude to the underlying and painful bitterness of nostalgia often felt even as an event is lived - an event one knows or fears to be a mere distraction or illusion. The repeated last line ‘You`re going to reap just what you sow’ is very similar to Galatians 6:7.

Some commentators have further seen the lyrics as displaying Reed’s romanticised attitude towards a period of his own addiction to heroin. Critics of this view assert that Reed never tried to conceal his drug use, so the song does not have concealed meanings of this nature.

The song was featured on an AT&T commercial featuring snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler that ran during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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  • ulysses_2001

    Oh, it's such a perfect song ... one of the most beautiful ones ever!

    22 Aug 7:45pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    I stroked ciaz's head in the street when I heard Whitney Houston'd aagh it's rubbish what she says to aagh she will always love aagh well she was ignorant like ciaz anyway

    21 Aug 9:40pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    so if i stroke cirana Meditation in a pub and hear aaghs crying and i sqeeze ciaz when i hear about my old school sit with cirana Meditation on my lap and stroke ciaz's head

    9 Aug 7:09pm Reply
  • TheMally98

    You made me forget myself...

    2 Aug 3:25pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    This is about heroin which ciaz said I should take one day

    30 Jul 8:40pm Reply
  • Kexet1

    It was so epic in trainspotting

    30 Jun 1:49am Reply
  • Autumn_Lovers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6784i3MDu8

    28 Jun 10:02pm Reply
  • JoseRaulCortes

    I really wanna watch Trainspotting right now. [2]

    27 Jun 8:51pm Reply
  • ArcieG

    I screamed when I saw Bono!

    26 May 5:40am Reply
  • silversurfer250

    You can also find a complete list of performers here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_Day_(Lou_Reed_song)

    24 May 3:34pm Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Some commentators have further seen the lyrical subtext as displaying Reed's romanticized attitude towards a period of his own addiction to heroin; this popular understanding of the song as an ode to addiction led to its inclusion in the soundtrack for Trainspotting, a film about the lives of heroin addicts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_Day_(Lou_Reed_song)

    24 May 3:32pm Reply
  • peach1987

    brilliant! 'nuff said!

    21 May 10:35pm Reply
  • Noxatron

    drink sangria in the PAAAAAAAAAAARK

    27 Apr 2:03am Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    I really wanna watch Trainspotting right now

    9 Mar 8:06am Reply
  • Jester_US

    Love this song, but hate that new cheesy PS4 commercial that ruins it.

    10 Jan 8:18pm Reply
  • licoricepizza

    @ Raggleman: That's one interpretation, and a valid one. I don't think Lou ever admitted it. I like my more simple (and straightforward) romantic interpretation better.

    10 Jan 7:22pm Reply
  • RAGGLEMAN

    This is indeed a beautiful song but you do all realise it's an ode to heroin don't you ??!!?

    2 Jan 1:02pm Reply
  • blustarent

    Perfection <3 R.I.P. bby c:

    2 Jan 7:30am Reply
  • waltmartin

    Just as an opinion ... One of the most beautiful and profound songs I've ever heard , and I can't think of anyone else who could project that "perfection" with more sensitivity and emotion .

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kurtneyharrison

    ♥ lou will forever be in my heart. he and his music will continue to live and bring joy to my eyes and ears. ♥

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
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