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Perfect Day - Lou Reed

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Uploaded on Jun 1, 2010

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Perfect Day is a song written by Lou Reed in 1972, originally featured on Transformer, Reed's second post-Velvet Underground solo album. Its fame was given a boost in the 1990s when it was featured in the 1996 film Trainspotting, and after its release as a star-studded charity single in 1997. Reed re-recorded the song for his 2003 album The Raven.

The original recording, like the rest of the Transformer album, was produced by David Bowie, with guitarist Mick Ronson providing the arrangement.The song has a somber vocal delivery and slow, piano-based instrumental backing balancing tones of sweet nostalgia ("it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you") with an undercurrent of menace ("you're gonna reap just what you sow"). The line alludes to Galatians 6:7: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

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. 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 users.

In 1997 the track was showcased by the BBC in a lengthy corporate promotion of its diverse music coverage which was broadcast on BBC channels and in cinemas. It featured Lou Reed himself and other major artists in what the Financial Times described as "an astonishing line-up of world class performers". In reference to the licence fee, the film ends with the message "Whatever your musical taste, it is catered for by BBC Radio and Television. This is only possible thanks to the unique way the BBC is paid for by you. BBC. You make it what it is." This message appears over the repeated words "You're going to reap just what you sow" which The Guardian described as "a none too subtle message: keep writing the cheque." In response to accusations from commercial competitors that the corporation had wasted vast sums on the film it was revealed that each artist received a "token" £250 because of their belief in the BBC. Prompted by a huge public demand the track was released in October as a charity single for Children in Need, and Lou Reed said "I have never been more impressed with a performance of one of my songs." It was the UK's number one single for three weeks, in two separate spells. Selling over a million copies, the record contributed £2,125,000 to the charity's highest fundraising total in six years. The release featured two additional versions of the song: one entirely sung by female performers, one by male performers. The BBC also produced a Christmas version of the accompanying music video.

Lyrics :
Lou Reed & Friends version :

Just a perfect day, drink sangria in the park - Lou Reed
And then later, when it gets dark - Bono
We go home - Skye Edwards

Just a perfect day - David Bowie
Feed animals in the zoo - Suzanne Vega
Then later a movie too, and then home - Elton John

Oh, it's such a perfect day - Boyzone
I'm glad I spent it with you - Lesley Garrett
Oh, such a perfect day - Burning Spear
You just keep me hanging on - Bono
You just keep me hanging on - Thomas Allen

Just a perfect day. - Heather Small
Problems all left alone - Emmylou Harris
Weekenders on our own - Tammy Wynette
It's such fun - Shane McGowan

Just a perfect day - Dr John
You made me forget myself - David Bowie
I thought I was someone else - Robert Cray
Someone good.. yeah - Huey

Oh, it's such a perfect day - Ian Broudie
I'm glad I spent it with you - Gabrielle
Oh, such a perfect day - Dr John
You just keep me hanging on - Evan Dando
You must keep me hanging on - Emmylou Harris
You're going to reap just what you sow - Brett Anderson
You're going to reap - Joan Armatrading
Just what you sow - Laurie Anderson
You're going to reap just what you sow.. yeah - Heather Small
Oh, you're going to reap just what you sow - Tom Jones
You're going to reap just what you sow.. yeah - Heather Small
Oh, what a perfect day. - Lou Reed


Artists : Lou Reed, Bono, Skye Edwards, David Bowie,
Suzanne Vega, Elton John, Boyzone, Lesley Garret, Burning Spear, Sir Thomas Allen, Heather Small, Emmylou Harris,Tammy Wynette, Shane Macgowan, DR.John, Robert Cray, Ian Broudie, Gabrielle Evam Dando, Courtney Pine, Brett Anderson, Joan Armatrading, Laurie Anderson, Tom Jones ..

Reed's original recording was featured on an AT&T commercial featuring snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler that ran during the 2010 Olympics.

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