Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Lou Reed – Perfect Day

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160 – Lou Reed – Perfect Day (1972)
Written by Lou Reed
Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson
Label – RCA

There always feels a sense that Reed’s contemplative classic has a double edged meaning. On first listen, one is inclined to believe in its celebratory, lush beauty. And yet, underpinning the sweet melody and sweeping strings are the haunting lines of insecurity with  “You made me forget myself, I thought I was someone else, someone good.” U2 singer Bono spoke about its subversive nature, stating, ““It never fails to give me some kind of extra ache as he sings the last line, ‘You’re going to reap just what you sow,’ oblivious of the icy chill suggested.”

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8 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Lou Reed – Perfect Day

  1. I love this song. My introduction to it was Trainspotting and I thought “what is this!?”… incredible tune. Lifting, but with substantial weight.

    I never did hear the re-recorded version.

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