Perfect Day – The Jolly Boys

Jamaican mento band “The Jolly Boys” sings “Perfect Day”, a song written by the American singer-songwriter Lou Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) in 1972. The official video from their 2010 album “Great Expectation”.

You can buy the album titled “Great Expectation” of “The Jolly Boys” on Amazon.

And here is the original Lou Reed version of the song below.

The song became extremely popular in the late 1990’s when it was featured in the 1996 film Trainspotting, the 1996 British black comedy crime drama film directed by Danny Boyle.

The Jolly Boys
The Jolly Boys is a mento band from Port Antonio, Jamaica.

The Jolly Boys is a mento band from Port Antonio, Jamaica. It was formed in 1945 and had great commercial success in the late 1980s and 1990s among reggae and world music fans. Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska and reggae music. Mento typically features acoustic instruments, such as acoustic guitar, banjo, hand drums, and the rhumba box – a large mbira in the shape of a box that can be sat on while played. The rhumba box carries the bass part of the music. You can see it in the Jolly Boys video at 0:52.

Perfect Day lyrics

The song’s lyrics are often considered to suggest simple, conventional romantic devotion, possibly alluding to Reed’s relationship with Bettye Kronstad and Reed’s own conflicts with his sexuality, drug use, and ego (Reed always denied that “Perfect Day” is a drug song).

Just a perfect day
drink Sangria in the park
And then later
when it gets dark, we go home

Just a perfect day
feed animals in the zoo
Then later
a movie, too, and then home

Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spend it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

Just a perfect day
problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
it’s such fun

Just a perfect day
you made me forget myself
I thought I was
someone else, someone good

Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

You’re going to reap just what you sow…

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