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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  • Runtime: 5:06
  • tonya harding  sufjan stevens  sufjan  

Comments: 558

  • Moon Light
    Moon Light 47 minutes ago

    You may came here for Tonya, or You may came for Sufjan,
    but you'll stay for them both.

  • HappyFeetle
    HappyFeetle Hour ago

    This song, coupled with this amazing skating, is absolutely bewitching. Beautiful.

  • piramis
    piramis Hour ago

    Sufjan Stevens what a beautiful VOICE!

  • David Renault
    David Renault 3 hours ago

    "Tonya, you were the brightest
    Yeah you rose from the ashes
    And survived all the crashes..."

  • sitemasu sensei
    sitemasu sensei 3 hours ago +1

    I love this song.

  • voltron6 9
    voltron6 9 5 hours ago

    soooo good and kinda sounds like blue bucket of gold

  • Devon the Songwriter
    Devon the Songwriter 6 hours ago

    I've been thinking of putting my music to ice skating for weeks!!! lol Im still going to do it. Great video!

    TGDRAW 9 hours ago

    This song made me cry before I even grasped what it was about

  • John Ray
    John Ray 19 hours ago

    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

  • kramercapriati
    kramercapriati 21 hour ago

    Very Lovely!!..

  • Justin Tackett
    Justin Tackett 22 hours ago

    "Has the world had its fun?"

  • Bubba Thomas
    Bubba Thomas Day ago

    Holy knee caps.

  • Marion84061
    Marion84061 Day ago

    You're the most amazing musician i've ever heard. Whatever my mood is, it always fits. If i wanted to give a soundtrack to my life it will be yours. This song came out on my 25th birthday, and it just moved me so much, i take it as a sign !. Thank you so much.

  • Tidnull
    Tidnull Day ago

    as much as i love this song and view of her, im glad it wasnt in the movie after seeing the trailer.

  • Patty
    Patty Day ago +1

    Of course Sufjan Stevens gets it. This is so perfect. The song, her flawless routine, her life knowing her circumstances. Amazing.

  • Madking 357
    Madking 357 Day ago

    "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"
    Dang Sufjan you always know exactly know what to say. Don't ever change.

  • Matt Paris
    Matt Paris Day ago

    Is this song a part at all of the Margot Robbie film? Was it written for it?

  • Danf9687
    Danf9687 Day ago

    This beautiful song accompanied by this video is truly mesmerizing. I can't stop coming back to watch it again.

  • Oliver Kalamata
    Oliver Kalamata Day ago

    Sufjan has never failed me in the past 11 years. 😢

  • DiceRolledan8
    DiceRolledan8 Day ago

    Song goes good with breaking someones ankles

  • Seth Boeh
    Seth Boeh Day ago

    As a skater, it makes me so happy Sufjan takes an interest in this. I love his portrait songs so much.

  • M Hyatt
    M Hyatt 2 days ago

    Love the song!!!

  • doopledenger
    doopledenger 2 days ago

    is this soundtrack for I,Tonya?

  • MoonyVG
    MoonyVG 2 days ago +1

    i cant stop listening to this

  • ndg43
    ndg43 2 days ago +1

    Wow, such a beautiful song. Loved seeing Harding's shining moment in 1991. Can't wait to see the film.

  • s h a d ø w b a n n e d

    For the movie right?

  • Rebecca Walker
    Rebecca Walker 2 days ago

    I didn't like it on first listen but on speakers and after like 2 other listens I've found I love this. It's not his best and it also sounds like a lot of other songs he's done. But the little embellishments really set the mood and the scene.

  • Riley Lawson
    Riley Lawson 2 days ago

    what the f?

  • Shaz Widhani
    Shaz Widhani 2 days ago

    Omg friggin Al Michaels is on every sports broadcast wtf

  • Med Sousane
    Med Sousane 2 days ago

    ✨ beautiful ✨

  • Ced Rolyes
    Ced Rolyes 2 days ago

    ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥
    *Jesus Christ is the Son of God & promises you eternal life if you simply believe Him.*
    *He promised to also heal your body. (Just ask Him)*

  • APlaceForUtubes
    APlaceForUtubes 2 days ago +1

    So glad we've finally turned our backs on Nancy Kerrigan

  • 3rd Gen V.Gronek
    3rd Gen V.Gronek 2 days ago

    Tonya Harding the demon that had somebody take a women's leg out when a pork wrapped piece of turd decided to assault her female competition. Coward.

  • Matt Crum
    Matt Crum 2 days ago

    Nicely done. However, I think the timing is off. The song syncs better if the opening line "Tonya Harding..." plays when the arena announcer says her name. Her first jump (triple axel?) is then lined up with that line in the song and everything else seems to work. Cheers!

  • Angela Sheik
    Angela Sheik 2 days ago

    Sufjan this is why I love you. This is art. To see a person for more than the joke the world has made them out to be, and help us to see their beauty in its complexity.

  • Stuart B
    Stuart B 2 days ago

    I take it this will be featured in the film about her yes?

  • Nick Falletta
    Nick Falletta 3 days ago

    Fire. Very heartfelt track with a dreamy aesthetic. Reminds me of something from his Illinois album. If he can make a compelling song about John Wayne Gacy he can do it with pretty much anybody.

  • the union of the blue shirted ones

    Wow amazing

  • oxivod
    oxivod 3 days ago

    looks like someone saw I, Tonya

  • art garfunkel
    art garfunkel 3 days ago +2

    My favorite part of this video is 4:30, when it cuts to Kristi Yamaguchi who pretends to be proud of Tonya for all of a second before giving in to a jealous glare. This sport was so. fucking. competitive. These girls lived and breathed skating.

  • Bob Townsend
    Bob Townsend 3 days ago +1

    This is what happened to the Goth guys that wrote terrible poetry in high school grow up.

    • Rizka Khairunissa
      Rizka Khairunissa 2 days ago

      Bob Townsend this is what happened when you have nothing to do in life except making irrelevant comments on youtube

  • Katie Parker
    Katie Parker 3 days ago +2

    I love that she has something so beautiful that will be forever.

  • Robert Davidson
    Robert Davidson 3 days ago

    Beautiful and very moving

  • amy m
    amy m 3 days ago

    I'm not sure what to think about this 1. Is this a tribute or a diss? Then I think troll or stalker? But it is a peaceful song. lmao

  • Jaycob Kinder
    Jaycob Kinder 3 days ago

    can't believe the movie being made turned down the song.

  • David Renault
    David Renault 3 days ago


  • Stanninghooha
    Stanninghooha 3 days ago

    I hope they used this in the movie

  • Anya Singh
    Anya Singh 3 days ago

    I can't stop crying while listening to this song and I didn't even know who Tonya Harding was before this. What a glorious tribute.

  • Kadeem John
    Kadeem John 3 days ago

    Great song, originally meant to be in the movie (I'm guessing in the end credits), the studio probably didn't like the lines
    "Well she took quite a beating, So you’re not above cheating" (given the explanation about the events in the film) and "Don't end up in a ditch, girl".  Either way, sad and inspirational song.  Glad I discovered it.

  • kristen rose
    kristen rose 4 days ago

    aw!She was so gorgeous 💔

  • mossland
    mossland 4 days ago

    Uhhuh... This is what is the word? Inane? #RhymingDictionary

  • Qriminal 1:64
    Qriminal 1:64 4 days ago

    Tried holding the like button for a heart...

  • Rob Thomas
    Rob Thomas 4 days ago

    Love this song. And I agree. Tonya Harding is pure Portland white trash. lol :D

  • Guillaume passion
    Guillaume passion 4 days ago

    This beautiful song is kind of the olympic gold medal Tonya Harding's never won.

  • Torin Galleshaw
    Torin Galleshaw 4 days ago

    I never expected a song about Tanya Harding. I never expected a song about Tanya Harding to be so transformative and moving. 9/11 will investigate again.

  • Unsightly
    Unsightly 4 days ago +1

    Can someone tell me what this song is about? Thanks.

    • ZimmerSquash
      ZimmerSquash 4 days ago

      Unsightly You can read about the artist’s short essay on this song.

  • Evan Jenkins
    Evan Jenkins 4 days ago +1

    I feel like she didn't do it but here is so much evidence...

  • Michael AK
    Michael AK 4 days ago +1

    Shit, I actaully teared up a bit while watching this. I didn't even know I still had emotions left.

  • Discraced Python
    Discraced Python 4 days ago +1

    “White trash” Are you fucking kidding me. And they say black people cant be racist.

    • Ramba Ral
      Ramba Ral 4 days ago +4

      Discraced Python oh fuck off

  • Scruffy McNuggets
    Scruffy McNuggets 5 days ago +8

    I think every new Sufjan Stevens song is the most beautiful song I've ever heard until I hear the next new Sufjans Steven song

    • Scruffy McNuggets
      Scruffy McNuggets 3 days ago

      I'd agree, though I'd say he's the best male songwriter whereas Lana Del Rey is best female

    • Legionere
      Legionere 3 days ago

      Scruffy McNuggets he's the best song writer of the last 20 years in my opinion.

  • Khanh Ho
    Khanh Ho 5 days ago

    I like the way he's updating the 19th Century Ballad's some good stuff...

  • Ocean
    Ocean 5 days ago +17

    Breathtaking. ✨

    • Ann Margret
      Ann Margret Day ago

      ok bitch we frens 👯

    • Ocean
      Ocean Day ago +1

      Ann Margret We have the same taste. Let's be friends? 😏

    • Ann Margret
      Ann Margret Day ago +1

      It's starting to upset me I feel like the Matrix is glitching

    • Ann Margret
      Ann Margret Day ago +1


    RETEP 5 days ago

    1 like = 1 sub
    1 sub = 10 subs
    turn on notifications = good luck on youtube

  • Tiffy Ri
    Tiffy Ri 5 days ago

    Wow this is actually amazing 💓

  • letrec cadr
    letrec cadr 5 days ago

    This is some fucking BS! I was hoping it went trap in the first 5s

  • glockenrein
    glockenrein 5 days ago

    This might be the first time I found something on trending not completely pointless.

  • a m a z o n
    a m a z o n 5 days ago +4

    damn. sufjan owned 2017. it's been an amazing year for him, musically.

  • s h a d ø w b a n n e d

    Hey, I remember Sufjan Stevens. And new songs still sound good. Seems rare.

  • Erika T
    Erika T 5 days ago

    I love the way this song is arranged. It sounds like a doomed march but there are quiet beautiful bits in it. All of it tells her horrible, unfortunate truth.

  • MattTheLegend
    MattTheLegend 5 days ago

    Isn’t this the girl who cheated because she sucked?

    • MattTheLegend
      MattTheLegend Day ago

      art garfunkel do you know how much I care?

    • art garfunkel
      art garfunkel Day ago +1

      See that triple axel at 0:58? You know how many of her competitors at the time could do that? Zero.

  • Third Tony
    Third Tony 5 days ago

    Sufjan is one of only a handful that could make a beautiful song about this subject. Very beautiful.

  • Cold Arts
    Cold Arts 5 days ago

    I mean it’s a good song but it’s weird af lol

  • Lil Honeybun
    Lil Honeybun 5 days ago

  • Bolldo Aj
    Bolldo Aj 5 days ago

    WTF is this.........?

  • Grand Dad
    Grand Dad 5 days ago

    Tonya Harding is a bitch, she rigged the competition for her enemies to be fucking whacked... and half the people here don't even realize...

  • marc g drevich
    marc g drevich 5 days ago

    let me guess, this song writer/singer does not much like tonya harding . . .

  • James Kroll
    James Kroll 5 days ago

    Watching this made my knee hurt.

  • MrGnarleyMan
    MrGnarleyMan 5 days ago

    Why?! (Just) Why?

  • Bella Noonen
    Bella Noonen 5 days ago

    sufjan thank you this is beautiful

  • rg31404
    rg31404 5 days ago

    The perfect american princess. Successful, attractive, violent.

  • julio hernandez
    julio hernandez 5 days ago

    just is just an asshole like we all are

  • Thane of Winrun
    Thane of Winrun 5 days ago

    I like your Gacy song better dulf dan, and that remix of dress looks nice on you. Glad you aren't dead tho!

  • Chinchilla hats
    Chinchilla hats 5 days ago

    A five minute song Tonya Harding 😳

  • Jonathan Andry
    Jonathan Andry 5 days ago

    It's a very interesting story

  • Robert Kirsch
    Robert Kirsch 5 days ago

    Is this song a joke ?

  • Dcokc
    Dcokc 5 days ago +3

    Sufjan has really been spoiling us lately.

  • X
    X 5 days ago +1

    Brave of Margot Robbie to take on a roll like this. Looking forward to seeing the movie.

  • Christina Nikol
    Christina Nikol 5 days ago

    0:44 I thought it was serious then I was like "wait...whaa?"

  • Beto McKnight
    Beto McKnight 5 days ago +9

    Nancy Kerrigan’s charm
    Well she took quite a beating
    So you’re not above cheating
    fuck, sufjan is a savage

  • kibaAndrenjiluver16
    kibaAndrenjiluver16 5 days ago

    Just watched the documentary yesterday. Very entertaining

  • Theresa 翠霞
    Theresa 翠霞 5 days ago +2

    It feels like taehyung singing...

  • Lisa Smith
    Lisa Smith 5 days ago +1

    Tonya Harding the Black Widow 🕷of the 1992 Olympics along with Jeff Gillooly the enforcer 💪

  • shubham dubey
    shubham dubey 5 days ago

    First time I am seeing some real music on trending.

  • NoideaGuy
    NoideaGuy 5 days ago

    why is this old video and the skater suddenly what everyone's talking about..?

  • Jed-to-the- Saba
    Jed-to-the- Saba 5 days ago

    Holy tits on my ankles....this is STELLAR!

  • comets & blueberries
    comets & blueberries 5 days ago +8

    Kristi looked worried...

  • Justin Fortune
    Justin Fortune 5 days ago

    Wait is the guy I listen to for Christmas music trending....oh shit

  • ZimmerSquash
    ZimmerSquash 5 days ago

    What's up with people complaining about this song trending? It's a good song.