Sufjan Stevens - Tonya Harding (Official Audio)

  • Published on Dec 6, 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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  • Jose mateus de freitas Freitas

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

  • Yarno Bosk
    Yarno Bosk 7 days ago

    Wow I’m shook, such a beauty storyteller

  • Lord Cekrom
    Lord Cekrom 15 days ago

    *Unique* =D

  • skeemag
    skeemag 16 days ago


  • sydney shortman
    sydney shortman 19 days ago

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

  • luisafonsoandre
    luisafonsoandre 23 days ago

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

  • Bereunicornio Phyloni
    Bereunicornio Phyloni 23 days ago


  • Christopher Seegars

    Beautiful song, awesome performance... Tonya Harding

  • adnan tanveer
    adnan tanveer Month ago +1

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

  • Trevin Hughes
    Trevin Hughes Month ago +1

    Can you blame her for crying?

  • Ahava Collado
    Ahava Collado Month ago

    o it sad

  • Aria
    Aria Month ago

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

  • Mark Murray
    Mark Murray Month ago

    Look at that beautiful, amazing performance.

  • Irene Diaz
    Irene Diaz Month ago


  • Turtleproof
    Turtleproof Month ago +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 2 months ago

    Tonya Harding is/was a legend.

  • Gen Valencia
    Gen Valencia 2 months ago

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

  • xMrPumpkinx
    xMrPumpkinx 2 months ago

    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 2 months ago

    why the fuck am i crying!

  • Kip Walker
    Kip Walker 2 months ago

    Very inspiring!

  • danielk neto
    danielk neto 2 months ago


  • RandomStranger
    RandomStranger 2 months ago

    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 2 months ago

    He's a legend.

  • Vince Miller
    Vince Miller 2 months ago


  • Roots In The Sky
    Roots In The Sky 2 months ago

    Was this written before or after the movie?

    • Inessence4
      Inessence4 2 months ago +1

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

  • Rosesnow Fall
    Rosesnow Fall 2 months ago

    She's such a inspiration for me

  • pigeon. pdf
    pigeon. pdf 2 months ago

    amazing 💕

  • Braden Schuster
    Braden Schuster 2 months ago

    I've never heard sufjan swear 8|

  • Braden Schuster
    Braden Schuster 2 months ago

    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 2 months ago

    I cried

  • Jackson Snyder
    Jackson Snyder 2 months ago

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

  • NavMiguel
    NavMiguel 2 months ago

    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 3 months ago +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 3 months ago

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

  • Amie Parker
    Amie Parker 3 months ago

    The music is so beautiful!

  • Jason Castro
    Jason Castro 3 months ago

    hace poco vi la película y fue hermosa

  • Katie Parker
    Katie Parker 3 months ago +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 3 months ago

    Absolutely Brilliant

  • Sarah Ellis
    Sarah Ellis 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago +1

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

  • Arts Collective
    Arts Collective 3 months ago

    What a good cry, thanks

  • do nut
    do nut 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

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

    • Luis Alves
      Luis Alves 3 months ago

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

    • Inessence4
      Inessence4 3 months ago

      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 3 months ago

      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 3 months ago

      Triple Axle on high?

  • Anthony Urbanski
    Anthony Urbanski 3 months ago

    Killer job on this video,I cried.

  • jane doe
    jane doe 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago +3

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

  • Philipp
    Philipp 3 months ago

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

  • bluepuppydan
    bluepuppydan 3 months ago

    Beautifully written and sung , the video is perfect too .

  • Mitchell Ayres
    Mitchell Ayres 4 months ago

    Reminds me of Harmony Korine

  • Locks are Masculine Objects

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

  • Ralph Smith
    Ralph Smith 4 months ago

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

  • Cornelius Attenborough
    Cornelius Attenborough 4 months ago

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

  • Gallant
    Gallant 4 months ago +1


  • Padraig Burke
    Padraig Burke 4 months ago

    Beautiful performance beautiful song

  • blahblah blahblahb la
    blahblah blahblahb la 4 months ago +2

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

  • Wildstyle Jewelry
    Wildstyle Jewelry 4 months ago

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

  • bartok75
    bartok75 4 months ago

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

  • Actual Internet trash
    Actual Internet trash 4 months ago +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😆

  • Daisy Chainsaw
    Daisy Chainsaw 4 months ago

    This is why I love Sufjan Stevens.

  • Pedro Pires
    Pedro Pires 4 months ago +2

    Poor Tonya Fuck'em....

  • unclejohnthezef
    unclejohnthezef 4 months ago +1

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

  • Aditya Pathak
    Aditya Pathak 4 months ago

    Sufjan has a crush...

  • Elian
    Elian 4 months ago

    Iconic queen. Ugh, her mind. It amazes me

  • dear boss
    dear boss 4 months ago

    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 4 months ago

    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 4 months ago

    Top shelf. So perfect.

  • juanlovesjuan
    juanlovesjuan 4 months ago +1

    fuck, this song makes me really emotional

  • SandCannon
    SandCannon 4 months ago

    Crane Kick @ 3:17

  • Jarred Stancil
    Jarred Stancil 4 months ago

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

    • ZimmerSquash
      ZimmerSquash 4 months ago

      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 4 months ago

      What is Eb?

  • rock soul
    rock soul 4 months ago

    I love you with all my heart, Sufjan

  • ibs11
    ibs11 4 months ago

    Its not fair! Story of Tonya is so sad!

  • Les Shiaman
    Les Shiaman 4 months ago +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 4 months ago


  • Starrah Miah
    Starrah Miah 4 months ago

    holy fucking shit this is gold. anotha 1 sufjan

  • TG7 shotz
    TG7 shotz 4 months ago

    Awesome song

  • Maria Catarina
    Maria Catarina 4 months ago

    These lyrics are so real and pure, it's so beautiful.
    I'm not an expert in Tonya's story but all I know is that those lyrics might let her happy :)
    Thanks Sufjan for being such an incredible artist!

  • Kelly Chen
    Kelly Chen 4 months ago

    Breathtaking work!

  • Daniel J
    Daniel J 4 months ago

    This sounds like it was written by a 5 yr old. What the fuck is happening to society when this crap is considered great art.

    • Sir Phantasmic
      Sir Phantasmic 4 months ago +4

      What do you listen to? I'm genuinely interested.

  • Maritza Piccarillo
    Maritza Piccarillo 4 months ago

    I just caught on to the's mean!

  • DJ DuJour
    DJ DuJour 4 months ago

    Can someone explain the reference to Subaru sedans for me? :-)

    • ZimmerSquash
      ZimmerSquash 4 months ago

      DJ DuJour Check out his other song 'Eugene' for the answer

  • Zoe Mariella
    Zoe Mariella 4 months ago +1

    Amazing song, and damn Tonya that triple axel was breathtaking..

  • Fanny
    Fanny 4 months ago

    Can't stop listening.

  • Rayanne Mendes
    Rayanne Mendes 4 months ago +2

    sufjan eu te amo

  • david zar
    david zar 4 months ago +3

    She's phenomenal! Thrilling! I don't believe how she do that she has asthma and chain smoked!

  • junkie4vids
    junkie4vids 4 months ago +1

    Beautiful arrangement. Biting, sad, and hopeful all at once.

  • Kyle Rafa
    Kyle Rafa 4 months ago +1

    If the I, Tonya producers had accepted this to be featured on the film, it would have probably win the Oscar ... Hope Sufjan win though in 1 week

  • Miranda Grace Corrigan
    Miranda Grace Corrigan 4 months ago +1

    came here to say this is the superior version of this song

  • Giona
    Giona 4 months ago

    Sufjan I love you

  • farqad yousuf
    farqad yousuf 4 months ago

    Tonya harding does not like this song , how ironic

  • Joe Bragg
    Joe Bragg 5 months ago

    she looks so alone. out there on the ice. this music says that.

  • Carlos Del Angel
    Carlos Del Angel 5 months ago

    this is..... really corny

  • Cosmic Vacation
    Cosmic Vacation 5 months ago

    What a fucking retarded premise for a song.
    Tonya Harding is a cunt. End of.

  • Mounir Kara
    Mounir Kara 5 months ago

    Omgggg omgggg i can't even find words to describe the feeling I feel when I listen to this one , this is just spectacular amazing , remarkable , unusual I just can't find words I'm speechless

  • Zack C.
    Zack C. 5 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful song, though I understand why they didn't use it in the movie. (And that allowed Sufjan to create the equally gorgeous songs for "Call Me by Your Name," so it all worked out in the end.)

  • Julian David Cardona
    Julian David Cardona 5 months ago

    I, TONYA

  • King and Peasant
    King and Peasant 5 months ago

    I had to legit put on my jacket, cause I got chills.

  • Theresa Hope
    Theresa Hope 5 months ago

    This is beautiful but Tonya didn't like it

  • Arcane
    Arcane 5 months ago +1

    Movie should have used this song at the end, it's beautiful. What were the filmmakers thinking using passenger over this...

  • blahblah blahblahb la
    blahblah blahblahb la 5 months ago

    This is a masterpiece.