Sufjan Stevens - Tonya Harding (Official Audio)

  • Опубликовано: 6 дек 2017
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    Tonya Harding, my star
    Well this world is a cold one
    But it takes one to know one
    And God only knows what you are

    Just some Portland white trash
    You confronted your sorrow
    Like there was no tomorrow
    While the rest of the world only laughed

    Triple axel on high
    A delightful disaster
    You jumped farther and faster
    You were always so full of surprises

    Are your laces untied?
    What’s the frown on your face for?
    And just what are the skates for now?
    Tell me which is your good side?

    Are you lonely at night?
    Do you miss all the glory
    And the mythical story
    Of the Olympian life?

    Yamaguchi in red
    She had high rise and roses
    And red-carpet poses
    And her outfit was splendid

    Nancy Kerrigan’s charm
    Well she took quite a beating
    So you’re not above cheating
    Can you blame her for crying?

    Tonya, you were the brightest
    Yeah you rose from the ashes
    And survived all the crashes
    Wiping the blood from your white tights

    Has the world had its fun?
    Yeah they’ll make such a hassle
    And they’ll build you a castle
    Then destroy it when they’re done

    Tonya Harding, my friend
    Well this world is a bitch, girl
    Don’t end up in a ditch, girl
    I’ll be watching you close to the end

    So fight on as you are
    My American princess
    May God bless you with incense
    You’re my shining American star
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  • spectreluna
    spectreluna 3 дня назад

    I love this so much. I don't think I can listen to it without crying.This girl never stood a chance but God bless her for trying, fuck's sake.

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     4 дня назад

    i don't care if i sound pretentious. i feel like this song and video has a lot of hidden treasures behind it. it's packed with them. desire, power, hope, hopelessness, failure, victory, oblivion... i just genuinely adore the concept

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     4 дня назад

    this is the song that got me into sufjan stevens. before being in love with him i used to listen a lot of people talk about how good carrie & lowell was but i never paid attention. then i saw this song being published on pitchfork and i was like meh ill give it a shot and i ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. i cry almost everytime i see the video ..the lyrics somehow resonate a lot with me and JUST everything about the song is flawlesd

  • Melanie M
    Melanie M 8 дней назад

    The beginning of this song reminds me of Levitation by Beach House lol not sure why

  • joanelmak
    joanelmak 11 дней назад

    Tonya Harding wins!!! Flawless victory!!!!!

  • indianrunner70
    indianrunner70 16 дней назад

    honest and heartful tribute to Tonya...

  • sonico
    sonico 20 дней назад

    imagine sufjan stevens writing a song about you and your reaction is to be pissed about it

  • jesse moorhouse
    jesse moorhouse 29 дней назад

    this bloke has a nice voice i will give him that but he makes light of something that hurts who it is about its a part of her life id imagen she would like to forget

  • Vitor Gusmao
    Vitor Gusmao Месяц назад

    *Quem assistiu o filme e veio aki pesquisar sobre ela?*

    VEKK PRODUCTION Месяц назад

    Playing on auto repeat mode all over again. Wonderful song.

  • Trevin Hughes
    Trevin Hughes Месяц назад +1

    This isn't a diss song, it's praising her while noting her history and public image.

  • pawrlPaweł Bargielski
    pawrlPaweł Bargielski Месяц назад

    so genius star is born star is down . Beautiful song .

  • Kodak Orange
    Kodak Orange Месяц назад +1

    I reallly love this song and John Wayne Gacy. Does he follow this anti-hero anthem theme on any other songs?

    • Christopher Gartland
      Christopher Gartland Месяц назад

      He likes doing a lot of Portraits songs about complicated American Figures and issues. "To the workers of the rock river valley region i have an idea" and "Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)" are some good ones.

  • SuperTsita
    SuperTsita Месяц назад +4

    This song is a beautiful and very moving tribute to Tonya. Her story is so tragic, the deck was stacked against her from the beginning, having to fight all alone to overcome the hurdles of a poor background, an abusive mother, an abusive boyfriend, class snobbery and elitism from the skating community, and yet she shone like a diamond in the rough.

  • MaxAttak Studios
    MaxAttak Studios Месяц назад

    the 500 dislikes are all of tonya harding’s fake accounts

  • Term
    Term 2 месяца назад


  • marinda puspita
    marinda puspita 2 месяца назад

    Damn sufjan I love you! This is beautiful song especially for tonya harding and for what happen in her life, breathtaking :”) ❤️

  • Marisol Cortez
    Marisol Cortez 2 месяца назад +1

    i finally got around to watching "I, Tonya" last night and kept waiting for this song. weird it's not in the film.

  • Artur Ryba
    Artur Ryba 2 месяца назад +3

    Music matches the video perfectly.

  • Crystal Felicia
    Crystal Felicia 2 месяца назад

    Asthmatic Kitty Records what kind of pos are u to highlight a rude comment made to a person for having an opinion.???? My comment wasn't against the music u dumb bitch. Oh & yes u losers Tonya is a cunt.!

  • Crystal Felicia
    Crystal Felicia 2 месяца назад

    Wtf Sufjan ur music is amazing but ur a Tonya fan.???? WTF That cunt doesnt deserve this attention.

    • Crystal Felicia
      Crystal Felicia 2 месяца назад

      No u asshole u hv no point other than u not liking my opinion lol. U like Tonya & I dont thats the problem u piece of trash. But Kitty records ur even bigger trash unless this is ur alternate AC.

    • Inessence4
      Inessence4 2 месяца назад

      And I rest my case.

    • Crystal Felicia
      Crystal Felicia 2 месяца назад

      Bitch u dont know me.! He wrote it cuz it made him money. WTF do u know about her.? U probs weren't even born during that time. Also I can have my opinion if u dont like it fuck off.

    • Inessence4
      Inessence4 2 месяца назад

      Crystal Felicia he wrote it because of assholes such as yourself.

  • Tom Manning
    Tom Manning 2 месяца назад +2

    You're loved once again, Tonya.

  • hmmm
    hmmm 3 месяца назад +2

    to watch her dance so beautifully to such a gorgeous song that was written about her... it’s absolutely breathtaking

  • Stacey Martinez
    Stacey Martinez 3 месяца назад +1

    You could tell she worked so hard

  • Jose mateus de freitas Freitas
    Jose mateus de freitas Freitas 3 месяца назад

    The song and the Tonia's body moving on is the same thing!

  • Yarno Bosk
    Yarno Bosk 3 месяца назад

    Wow I’m shook, such a beauty storyteller

    CEKROM 3 месяца назад

    *Unique* =D

  • skeemag
    skeemag 3 месяца назад


  • sydney shortman
    sydney shortman 3 месяца назад

    This is so chilling in so many ways and perfect in a way I can't explain

  • luisafonsoandre
    luisafonsoandre 3 месяца назад

    This song gives me the chills. That's when I know it is a great song :)

  • Bereunicornio Phyloni
    Bereunicornio Phyloni 3 месяца назад


  • Christopher Seegars
    Christopher Seegars 4 месяца назад

    Beautiful song, awesome performance... Tonya Harding

  • adnan tanveer
    adnan tanveer 4 месяца назад +2

    it should have been used in the Movie '' I, tonya''

  • Trevin Hughes
    Trevin Hughes 4 месяца назад +2

    Can you blame her for crying?

  • Ahava Collado
    Ahava Collado 4 месяца назад

    o it sad

  • Aria
    Aria 4 месяца назад

    Thanks to Sufjan for an amazing song, and to Tonya for an amazing performance!

  • Mark Murray
    Mark Murray 4 месяца назад

    Look at that beautiful, amazing performance.

  • Irene Diaz
    Irene Diaz 4 месяца назад


  • Turtleproof
    Turtleproof 5 месяцев назад +1

    I have no love for religion but Sufjan's capacity to empathize with monsters and create such beautiful music about them brings me to tears, God bless him.

  • Rob Gaeta
    Rob Gaeta 5 месяцев назад

    Tonya Harding is/was a legend.

  • Gen Valencia
    Gen Valencia 5 месяцев назад

    Man, okay, I love how the commentator explains the stakes at the start

  • xMrPumpkinx
    xMrPumpkinx 5 месяцев назад +2

    My moms been watching tonya Harding videos and I've been watching sujfan Stevens videos both on my account so this title was very strange to see

  • Irene Birungi
    Irene Birungi 5 месяцев назад

    why the fuck am i crying!

  • Kip Walker
    Kip Walker 5 месяцев назад

    Very inspiring!

  • danielk neto
    danielk neto 5 месяцев назад


  • RandomStranger
    RandomStranger 5 месяцев назад

    I do love this song! I have to cry every time when I think about how it had been for Tonya to be out ot skating forever

  • Megha Majumdar
    Megha Majumdar 5 месяцев назад

    He's a legend.

  • Vince Miller
    Vince Miller 5 месяцев назад


  • Roots In The Sky
    Roots In The Sky 5 месяцев назад

    Was this written before or after the movie?

    • Inessence4
      Inessence4 5 месяцев назад +2

      Roots In The Sky he began writing it 20 years ago.

  • Rosesnow Fall
    Rosesnow Fall 5 месяцев назад

    She's such a inspiration for me

  • daisy 101
    daisy 101 5 месяцев назад

    amazing 💕

  • Braden Schuster
    Braden Schuster 5 месяцев назад

    I've never heard sufjan swear 8|

  • Braden Schuster
    Braden Schuster 5 месяцев назад

    Does anyone know of any possible way I can submit a song and have him sing it? I'm a songwriter or at least am trying to be and I want to hear him sing something I wrote.

  • Rahul Dhargalkar
    Rahul Dhargalkar 5 месяцев назад

    I cried

  • Jackson Snyder
    Jackson Snyder 6 месяцев назад

    I was a big fan, but more. I loved Tonya. This is a fitting tribute.

  • NavMiguel
    NavMiguel 6 месяцев назад

    He could've read the obituaries to this music and still turn a profit from those gullible enough to fall for this gimmick. lol

  • GuppyPal
    GuppyPal 6 месяцев назад +1

    Been listening to a lot of Sufjan Stevens since crying my eyes out to "Visions of Gideon" alone in an empty theater at the end of "Call Me By Your Name." Among my favorites is "Tonya Harding," a romantic and historically accurate tribute to the two-time figure skating Olympian and US champion. With charming lyrics chronicling her career and 1994 Olympic debacle, describing her as "Just some Portland white trash" and "...God only knows what you are," the song plays over her 1991 World Championship performance, one that couldn't have been more perfect and beautiful. I wish I could have been there to join in her deserved standing ovation. What a fucking psycho.

  • GuppyPal
    GuppyPal 6 месяцев назад

    I can't even describe how much I love this.

  • Amie Parker
    Amie Parker 6 месяцев назад

    The music is so beautiful!

  • Jason Castro
    Jason Castro 6 месяцев назад

    hace poco vi la película y fue hermosa

  • Katie Parker
    Katie Parker 6 месяцев назад +1

    Watching this video with this music is as heartbreaking as seeing a kid trying to be laugh at a bully's jokes, when he's the butt of them. So vulnerable and obvious and devastating.

  • James Math
    James Math 6 месяцев назад

    Absolutely Brilliant

  • Sarah Ellis
    Sarah Ellis 6 месяцев назад

    I get so many goosebumps throughout this. Look how happy she is when she nails each jump. Her performance, combined with the song, conveys so, so much.

  • Andreas Meissner
    Andreas Meissner 6 месяцев назад

    Without you, Sufjan, and your music, our world would be much poorer.
    Melodies for the heart and texts for the spirit.
    Many Thanks!

  • Luis Alves
    Luis Alves 6 месяцев назад +1

    Each time I hear this song I substitute "Tonya Harding" by "Edward Snowden"

  • Arts Collective
    Arts Collective 6 месяцев назад

    What a good cry, thanks

  • do nut
    do nut 6 месяцев назад

    This song is very sad and sympathises with Tonya. However I think it would’ve been too sad to be in the movie.

  • Malk Jol
    Malk Jol 6 месяцев назад

    Each time I hear this song I substitute Tonya Harding by Edward Snowden, which makes totally sense

    • Luis Alves
      Luis Alves 6 месяцев назад

      Inessence4 you’re right, you don’t see it, I see it, end!

    • Inessence4
      Inessence4 6 месяцев назад

      Sorry, Nope. "Just some Portland white trash", "Triple axel on high A delightful disaster, You jumped farther and faster", "Are your laces untied? What’s the frown on your face for? And just what are the skates for now?", "Do you miss ...the mythical story, Of the Olympian life?", "Yamaguchi in red She had high rise and roses And red-carpet poses And her outfit was splendid Nancy Kerrigan’s charm Well she took quite a beating So you’re not above cheating Can you blame her for crying? Tonya, you were the brightest Yeah you rose from the ashes And survived all the crashes Wiping the blood from your white tights", "Tonya Harding, my friend Well this world is a bitch, girl Don’t end up in a ditch, girl I’ll be watching you close to the end So fight on as you are My American princess" ... But I suppose you can imagine whoever you want. I just don't see it.

    • Luis Alves
      Luis Alves 6 месяцев назад

      Inessence4 “well this world is a cold one, but it takes one to know one, and God only knows what you are” “ you confronted your sorrow like there’s no tomorrow while the rest of the world only laugh” “ you were always so full of surprises” “are you lonely at night?” “Do you miss all the glory” “ you were the brightest yeah you rose from the ashes and survived all the crashes” “ has the world had it’s fun?” They build you a castle then destroy it when they’re done” “so fight on as you are” “you’re a shining American star “... is this enough against the stupid triple jump?

    • Inessence4
      Inessence4 6 месяцев назад

      Triple Axle on high?

  • Anthony Urbanski
    Anthony Urbanski 6 месяцев назад

    Killer job on this video,I cried.

  • jane doe
    jane doe 6 месяцев назад

    The reason I love someone like Sufjan above anyone else, is the amount of empathy and honesty you have to have to make a tragedy beautiful enough to make someone cry. He has done it for Serial Killers, sociopaths, nameless souls, and himself. Like Bob Ross and a paintbrush, nothing but a moment captures simple and clear, with no effort seen no matter how many times you watch.

  • spacecowboy
    spacecowboy 6 месяцев назад +3

    s h i n y a m e r i c a n s t a r

  • Philipp
    Philipp 6 месяцев назад

    Tonya, you were the brightest. And one of my earliest childhood memories.

  • bluepuppydan
    bluepuppydan 7 месяцев назад

    Beautifully written and sung , the video is perfect too .

  • Mitchell Ayres
    Mitchell Ayres 7 месяцев назад

    Reminds me of Harmony Korine

  • Locks are Masculine Objects
    Locks are Masculine Objects 7 месяцев назад +1

    A ballad for all of us white trash trump supporters. Thank you, sufjan.

  • Ralph Smith
    Ralph Smith 7 месяцев назад

    The great, the legend, the most amazing figure skater in US history: Tonya Harding.

  • Cornelius Attenborough
    Cornelius Attenborough 7 месяцев назад

    Couldn't help but notice a similarity to another ice skating themed music video from a few monthsвидео.html

  • Gallant
    Gallant 7 месяцев назад +1


  • Padraig Burke
    Padraig Burke 7 месяцев назад

    Beautiful performance beautiful song

  • blahblah blahblahb la
    blahblah blahblahb la 7 месяцев назад +3

    I feel like he wrote this song specifically for this performance.

  • Wildstyle Jewelry
    Wildstyle Jewelry 7 месяцев назад

    Just no. Tonya's skating is so much better than this dumb song.

  • bartok75
    bartok75 7 месяцев назад

    I wonder what Tonya Harding thinks/feels when she is listening to this song.

  • Actual Internet trash
    Actual Internet trash 7 месяцев назад +1

    I only started to listen to him ever sense Call Me By Your Name, but I instantly fell in love! He has an absolute breathtaking voice, and a heart of gold😆

  • chainsaw barbie
    chainsaw barbie 7 месяцев назад

    This is why I love Sufjan Stevens.

  • Pedro Pires
    Pedro Pires 7 месяцев назад +2

    Poor Tonya Fuck'em....

  • unclejohnthezef
    unclejohnthezef 7 месяцев назад +1

    I’ll bet she will like this song one day soon... it’s a beautiful portrait

  • Aditya Pathak
    Aditya Pathak 7 месяцев назад

    Sufjan has a crush...

  • Elian
    Elian 7 месяцев назад

    Iconic queen. Ugh, her mind. It amazes me

  • dear boss
    dear boss 7 месяцев назад

    damn. if it wasn't for that stupid 90s style hair and make up [nothing tonya could do] she would have been fine in the looks department.

  • vidya sagar
    vidya sagar 7 месяцев назад

    damn now i feel sorry for the producers who rejected this beautiful to i tonya..he should have nominated for sure ..but i think a person like this no need music he is also magicain with beautiful voice and i wonder how i lost in the voice.wanna sing those song near my girl friend sure she gonna cry..thanks to him

  • Anthony Pinkos
    Anthony Pinkos 7 месяцев назад

    Top shelf. So perfect.

  • juanlovesjuan
    juanlovesjuan 7 месяцев назад +1

    fuck, this song makes me really emotional

  • SandCannon
    SandCannon 7 месяцев назад

    Crane Kick @ 3:17

  • Jarred Stancil
    Jarred Stancil 7 месяцев назад

    I prefer the version in Eb, although this is still very good.

    • ZimmerSquash
      ZimmerSquash 7 месяцев назад

      Two Too To Productions E flat major version of this song. Check it out on youtube! It's also written and recorded by Sufjan Stevens.

    • Sir Phantasmic
      Sir Phantasmic 7 месяцев назад

      What is Eb?

  • rock soul
    rock soul 7 месяцев назад

    I love you with all my heart, Sufjan

  • ibs11
    ibs11 7 месяцев назад

    Its not fair! Story of Tonya is so sad!

  • Les Shiaman
    Les Shiaman 7 месяцев назад +1

    I've been mesmerized to watch this beautiful moment in time. I wonder if Sufjan composed and arranged the song to fit this incredible historic clip. It's as though it were a work 25 years in the making, a unique work of art with many levels of meaning to explore and to appreciate, to follow the rich arc of a journey. So much is expressed in her skating I have to wonder what may have followed had she not become embroiled. However, this was clearly her moment. Ephemeral and beautiful as music.

  • Ginny Oxtail
    Ginny Oxtail 7 месяцев назад


  • Starrah Miah
    Starrah Miah 7 месяцев назад

    holy fucking shit this is gold. anotha 1 sufjan

  • Misty & Me
    Misty & Me 7 месяцев назад

    Awesome song