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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Comments • 999

  • Cornelius Attenborough

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

  • Gallant
    Gallant Day ago


  • Padraig Burke
    Padraig Burke Day ago

    Beautiful performance beautiful song

  • blahblah blahblahb la

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

  • Wildstyle Jewelry
    Wildstyle Jewelry 2 days ago

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

  • bartok75
    bartok75 3 days ago

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

  • Actual Internet trash
    Actual Internet trash 3 days 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 days ago

    This is why I love Sufjan Stevens.

  • Pedro Pires
    Pedro Pires 5 days ago

    Poor Tonya Fuck'em....

  • unclejohnthezef
    unclejohnthezef 6 days ago

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

  • Aditya Pathak
    Aditya Pathak 6 days ago

    Sufjan has a crush...

  • Elian
    Elian 6 days ago

    Iconic queen. Ugh, her mind. It amazes me

  • dear boss
    dear boss 7 days 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 9 days 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 9 days ago

    Top shelf. So perfect.

  • juanlovesjuan
    juanlovesjuan 9 days ago

    fuck, this song makes me really emotional

  • SandCannon
    SandCannon 9 days ago

    Crane Kick @ 3:17

  • Jarred Stancil
    Jarred Stancil 9 days ago

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

    • ZimmerSquash
      ZimmerSquash 6 days 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.

    • Two Too To Productions
      Two Too To Productions 8 days ago

      What is Eb?

  • rock soul
    rock soul 10 days ago

    I love you with all my heart, Sufjan

  • ibs11
    ibs11 10 days ago

    Its not fair! Story of Tonya is so sad!

  • Les Shiaman
    Les Shiaman 10 days 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 11 days ago


  • Starrah Miah
    Starrah Miah 11 days ago

    holy fucking shit this is gold. anotha 1 sufjan

  • TG7 shotz
    TG7 shotz 12 days ago

    Awesome song

  • Maria Catarina
    Maria Catarina 12 days 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 12 days ago

    Breathtaking work!

  • Daniel J
    Daniel J 12 days 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.

  • Maritza Piccarillo
    Maritza Piccarillo 13 days ago

    I just caught on to the's mean!

  • DJ DuJour
    DJ DuJour 13 days ago

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

    • ZimmerSquash
      ZimmerSquash 11 days ago

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

  • Zoe Mariella
    Zoe Mariella 14 days ago

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

  • Pitseleh Fanny
    Pitseleh Fanny 15 days ago

    Can't stop listening.

  • Rayanne Mendes
    Rayanne Mendes 15 days ago

    sufjan eu te amo

  • david zar
    david zar 18 days ago +2

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

  • junkie4vids
    junkie4vids 18 days ago +1

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

  • Kyle Rafa
    Kyle Rafa 20 days 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 20 days ago +1

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

  • Giona
    Giona 21 day ago

    Sufjan I love you

  • farqad yousuf
    farqad yousuf 22 days ago

    Tonya harding does not like this song , how ironic

  • Joe Bragg
    Joe Bragg 24 days ago

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

  • Carlos Del Angel
    Carlos Del Angel 25 days ago

    this is..... really corny

  • Cosmic Vacation
    Cosmic Vacation 26 days ago

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

  • Mounir Kara
    Mounir Kara 27 days 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. 27 days 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 27 days ago

    I, TONYA

  • Joel Ontong
    Joel Ontong 28 days ago

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

  • Theresa Hope
    Theresa Hope 28 days ago

    This is beautiful but Tonya didn't like it

  • Arcane
    Arcane 28 days ago

    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 28 days ago

    This is a masterpiece.

  • Melina K
    Melina K 29 days ago

    Wow that was so moving. I also almost teared up. I can watch Tanya hit that triple axle over and over again. You can say a lot about Tanya but you cannot deny her talent. Also, if you haven't done so yet, go see I Tonya. It is amazing.

  • em kay
    em kay Month ago +1

    Why does this make me cry? So beautiful

  • jermaine dela cruz
    jermaine dela cruz Month ago

    Is this part of I, Tonya's soundtrack?

    • ZimmerSquash
      ZimmerSquash Month ago +2

      Sufjan sent the song to the music supervisors of I, Tonya. They rejected it

  • Andy Manullang
    Andy Manullang Month ago

    That triple axel, and raw emotion on Tonya so beautiful

  • Vicky08 Vicky08
    Vicky08 Vicky08 Month ago +5

    Brilliant. Makes me wonder "what could've been" had she not been married to that asshole.

  • 戴怡宁
    戴怡宁 Month ago

    I would use this for my program music if i were a figure skater

  • placentism
    placentism Month ago

    that little walk she does at 1:04 kills me, she was so proud.

  • Graham Exton
    Graham Exton Month ago

    Sufjan produces more astonishing beauty from the unlikeliest source.

  • The Perez Hilton
    The Perez Hilton Month ago

    Very pretty!

  • Amzy 1001
    Amzy 1001 Month ago

    Her skating and this song are both beautiful and captivating.

  • Geneta Hiyang
    Geneta Hiyang Month ago


  • Felipe Santander
    Felipe Santander Month ago

    this ir pure beauty! this only song can inspire another movie

  • Raflo
    Raflo Month ago

    She's is an amazing skater- such a confident, assured performance. Great song great video. Love

  • Daniela Pinzon
    Daniela Pinzon Month ago


  • ZimmerSquash
    ZimmerSquash Month ago +1

    On a recent Interview with Sufjan by The Hollywood Reporter
    Interviewer : You just released a song about Tonya Harding. And, in a New York Times interview, she got pretty riled about you using her name.
    Sufjan : I loved that. I went out and got a physical copy of the newspaper, put it in Saran Wrap and archived it away. That's something I'm going to enjoy showing my grandchildren. She's just tough as nails. It's all so problematic. She's obviously quite possessive of herself and her brand. I loved that story, but I felt the writer was being very generous [to her].
    Interviewer : That was one of the last pieces before she started telling reporters they can't ask about her past.
    Sufjan : She had her 15 minutes of fame - again! She's complicated. I'm just glad to know that she's fine. She's a survivor, and she's going to be OK. I wish I could write her a letter to let her know I'm not making any money off of the song or capitalizing on anyone. I'm a creative person. I write songs about people, historical people, living or dead, mythological or not. It's my job. My job is to write a song about Tonya Harding or Abraham Lincoln or John Wayne Gacy or Moses or Venus. (Laughs.) It's my job!
    Interviewer : A lot of people assume the song is on the I, Tonya soundtrack.
    Sufjan : The song is in no way affiliated with the movie, but I certainly rushed to release it in tandem. I sent them a copy while they were still editing: "Hey, y'all, I know that you're working on the movie. I've been working on this song for about 10 years." That's true. I've been trying to write a Tonya Harding song for a long time. The musical director got back to us and said, "Um, we're kind of going in a different direction."

    • Kailash
      Kailash Month ago

      amazing song , one of the only artists that can nearly bring me to tears . its emotional stuff you can relate to. good snippet there

  • Blair Johnson
    Blair Johnson Month ago +1

    I come back to this weekly.

  • Pablo M
    Pablo M Month ago +1

    she's a bitch tho

  • Sebastián Yurjevic
    Sebastián Yurjevic Month ago +2

    I did not see this coming...actually tearing up at the end.

  • Michael Saari
    Michael Saari Month ago

    Terrible... Tonya gives society hope and love.

  • Robert Fiedler
    Robert Fiedler Month ago +1

    I absolutely love Sufjan's electronic stuff. Always so ethereal.

    SLY SPY Month ago +7

    Tonya Harding was a powerful terrific skater and it's a dam shame what happened to her . The wrong people in your life can make all the difference .

  • IrishGoon 758
    IrishGoon 758 Month ago

    finally got to a mil

  • benjamín pérez
    benjamín pérez Month ago

    1 million, my boy. Well done.

  • Ewan Oxborrow
    Ewan Oxborrow Month ago +2

    This is the song that opened my eyes to the world of Sufjan Stevens, and the world of figure skating...This literally changed my life, thank you Sufjan, never stop making music, you are one of the most versatile, interesting and underappreciated musical geniuses of this generation!

  • Lydia Band
    Lydia Band Month ago

    AMZING 8D''''''''''''

  • Andy Bruce
    Andy Bruce Month ago +2

    Nancy was the victim, not tonya. please write a song about her Sufjan, she deserves it not tonya

    • FearlessAstridHofferson
      FearlessAstridHofferson Month ago +3

      Andy Bruce no she does not. Her life was not hardships besides what Tonya had done. She lives a very chushy life with her previously married ex coach and if Dancing with the stars showed me anything, her knee 100% recovered.

  • Amzy 1001
    Amzy 1001 Month ago +1

    Wow, Sufjan Stevens music is everywhere, especially in movies. I freaking love it!

  • Dana Jané
    Dana Jané Month ago

    Sufjan Stevens - My Star.

  • d doyle
    d doyle Month ago +1

    omg so beautiful *chills*........

  • Víctor Méndez
    Víctor Méndez Month ago +1

    This video is so beautiful and breathtaking! I'm in love!!!

  • Alexxx
    Alexxx Month ago

    Très très beau. Absolument unique... merci Sufjan..

  • DonutsAreNICE 7
    DonutsAreNICE 7 Month ago

    Holy shit how am I just hearing this and why isn’t literally everybody else it’s so pretty

    • Bela Tarr
      Bela Tarr Month ago

      Because the world has its head up its ass when it comes to music. Most people will take a shitty Demi Lovato song to this. People need to be told what to like. No one is telling them to like Sufjan. But we know where it's at.

  • Arwa L
    Arwa L Month ago +1

    Why didn't they play this song at least in the credits?

  • Yo Mama
    Yo Mama Month ago

    I've never heard this song but I felt my heart breaking and I almost cried. It's just so hauntingly beautiful

  • Pablo Rejas
    Pablo Rejas Month ago

    what is the movie

  • Sparrow J
    Sparrow J Month ago

    The Daily By Michael Barbaro got me here⛸....24/1/18

  • Jon Jennings
    Jon Jennings Month ago

    Sufjans kick back to Tabloids. Magical.

  • Jon Jennings
    Jon Jennings Month ago +1

    Sufjan Brilliance is to get a story like this and create a reflection of human nature.

  • kartik nalamalapu
    kartik nalamalapu Month ago +2

    Oscar Nomination!!!!

  • David Stewart
    David Stewart Month ago +4

    So true:
    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

  • A G
    A G Month ago

    Yes, there is such a thing as truth. Everyone does not have their own truth-- the TRUTH is universal to everyone. Just because everyone presents it from a different "perspective" does not change what actually happened. If there were a 360 degree camera in life we could go to for playback, it would reveal everything we all miss or partially get right, but the recording, whether there is one, or many, would represent what actually happened!

  • El Australiano
    El Australiano Month ago +1

    This song would have been perfect while the closing credits of the movie were playing...

  • TheAwkwardDiva
    TheAwkwardDiva Month ago +3

    Who's here after watching "I, Tonya"? Loved the movie. Love the song 💕

  • CircaBEFORE
    CircaBEFORE Month ago +1

    It’s hard to believe the producers of I Tonya rejected this song. It perfectly captures Tonya Harding.

  • cultofmara
    cultofmara Month ago +2

    I, Tonya was a game changer film. So tragic , but so good

  • Cameron Gutgsell
    Cameron Gutgsell Month ago +1

    What a phenomenal pairing of sufjans atmosphere and this video. Its a completely surreal yet powerfully emotionally mix. I think this is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in a long time.

  • Malin Hensel
    Malin Hensel Month ago +2

    Sufjan is one of those people who you don't just like one of his songs, you like all of them.

  • Cody Porter
    Cody Porter Month ago +3

    I understand that Tonya isn't a fan of this. Why? It's absolutely beautiful and makes me like Tonya more. She is my American princess.

    • Inessence4
      Inessence4 Month ago

      Cody Porter I don’t think she listened to it before she spoke. She’s had issues with her name being used without permission. Like there was/is actually a Tonya Harding Hot Sauce.

  • Joseph D Costa
    Joseph D Costa Month ago

    Tonya wanted to break the leg of her competitor to win, The song makes me want to love her but damn that's super cheeky of her to do so . xoxo sufjan thanks babe

  • CASHCAT Music
    CASHCAT Music Month ago

    #Speed Game: adjust timing

  • poiuytrewq995
    poiuytrewq995 Month ago +1

    sufjan just gets it

  • David Landsmann
    David Landsmann Month ago

    Hello, soulmate, I can listen to your soul forever.