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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  • 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

    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
  • bat_man1

    r.i.p in pizza

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bonafido

    Haven't cried at a song for a long time until I heard this again. RIP Lou.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    Why the hell did they use this in the movie You're Next's trailer? It kinda ruined the song for me.. :/

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    RIP Lou....Thanks for all the great memories...:'(

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    R.I.P. Thanks for the tunes Lou. You were one of the best

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • cobaincocaine

    i don't know how to explain, this song makes me feel so sad and so happy at the same time. It's so beautiful and I cry everytime i listen to it

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    am i the only one who cry to this song answer plz

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • flyingfader

    in peace

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Perfect song ♥

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Kawww

    you're going to reap just what you sow

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MamboSun

    I just started up the radio for the first time in about a month - and this is the first song. Chills. Thank you, Lou <3

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ivomc

    Eternal song. This it it Lou. Thank you.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    not a perfect day at all (8)

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
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