A tribute to singer/songwriter Lou Reed, who died on 27 October 2013 at the age of 71.
'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."