PERFECT DAY / VARIOUS ARTISTS
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 idealised 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.
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.
Reed re-recorded the song for his 2003 album The Raven.
Η ελληνική απόδοση των στίχων από τον Διονύση Σαββόπουλο:
Μέρα όμορφη το πάρκο γυρίσαμε,
Όσο φέγγει, ας πιούμε μια
Μέρα όμορφη τις πάπιες ταϊσαμε,
και σπιτάκι μετά
Μα τι μέρα όμορφη!
Χάρηκα που ήσουν εδώ.
με βοηθάς να κρατηθώ
Μέρα όμορφη το πρόβλημα κρύφτηκε
και μόνοι εμείς
Μέρα όμορφη μαζί σου ξεχάστηκα
κι αισθανόμουν αλλιώς
υγιής και καλός.
έτσι όπως έπεσες.
έτσι όπως έστρωσες.
2009... ας είναι μια καλύτερη χρονιά!