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Sufjan Stevens - Tonya Harding (Official Audio)


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Published: 1 week ago
Buy/listen here: http://smarturl.it/tonya-harding

Lyrics:
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


comment  Comments

"Well this world is a cold one But it takes one to know one." Beautiful line.

3 hours ago

Conflict is thick in this song, so much that it is hard to reconcile, as was with Gacy. I can understand why it took years to write this, trying to reconcile her part in the assault and how it is possible that grace can see beyond it.

About Tonya's merits, she did have more strength to do the triple coupled with tremendous skill, but not in an artistic and graceful sense. Tonya's skating is a little more choppy when compared to other skaters.
In my opinion, It's like two musicians facing off, each with their own merits, but another musician goes along with a plan of taking a pipe to Sufjan's throat right before a competition. Just because Sufjan is the darling of the music community and possesses a beautiful voice with a keen artistic sensibility.
And then, the person denies any knowledge of it but the individuals involved still point back to that person.

How do we apply grace?
I don't have any answers. But I am thankful that Sufjan wrote another beautiful piece that will encourage us to discuss it and reconsider ourselves and others, in light of grace.

3 hours ago

John Wayne Gacy Jr. Pt. II

5 hours ago

Sufjan ,I love U

17 hours ago

Is this the soundtrack for the movie "I, Tonya" ? This is Oscar worthy, damn.

18 hours ago

Nope, the people didn't accept the song for the movie. Though Sufjan has another song, mystery of love, nominated for the oscar... i think..

8 hours ago

How could you do that, Sufjan? Everything you touch, it turns gold.

1 day ago

Christmas season just isn't christmas season without Sufjan Stevens.

1 day ago

I've saved this so I can watch the beauty, always on mute.

1 day ago

This song brought back memories of watching Tonya's story as a kid. Sufjan is a genius, this song made me cry. What song about a contemporary sports figure will make you cry? I challenge anyone to come up with another one.

1 day ago

i love her

1 day ago

Haunting and beautiful, He's done it again

1 day ago

She's fucking amazing

1 day ago

memories disintegrate.

1 day ago

Good shit

1 day ago

Too bad that Amy Adams didn't make a Tonya Harding movie 10 yrs ago.

2 days ago

This song is almost as beautiful as Margot Robbie.

2 days ago

Another impossibly lovely Sufjan song about an unlikely subject. I should be used to it by now.

2 days ago

At it again sufjan. An album so good but so sad you can only listen to it once.

2 days ago

I like the general atmosphere the song creates, but the lyrics are pretty simplistic and rely on facile rhymes

2 days ago

the synchronization of the video and the song between 3:32 and 3:35 is beyond perfect.

2 days ago

i mean, the whole song is synchronised perfectly with the video. i am in tears and i never thought ice skating would make me cry.

2 days ago

my goal is to be such a human disaster that sufjan steven writes a ehtereal whimsy song about me

2 days ago

Easily the best song of the year

2 days ago

Kills me. Beautiful.

2 days ago

what a lovely song

2 days ago

I can’t help but wonder, maybe we’ll be getting an Oregon album?

2 days ago

Sharing this link with you all, a piece Sufjan wrote about the song and Tonya Harding: http://asthmatickitty.com/tonya-harding/

2 days ago

Thanks for releasing this on my birthday :)

2 days ago

God was very Gracious, when He said, deliver them from going down to the pit (eternal hell), I have found a ransom. That ransom was Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ said that I will give eternal life to anyone who believes on me. Anyone!

2 days ago

This question may have already been asked and answered, but I really would love to know was this edited to this song on purpose as an official release, or was this something a fan edited to the song? It is absolutely so beautiful, and the timing seems almost too perfect.

2 days ago

jesús thanks for the info!

2 days ago

this is tonyas official performance. i think sufjan edited all this on purpose.. because i agree, all the timing is perfect ! he said it took to him like 30 years (quoting pitchfork: "According to the essay accompanying his new one-off single, Sufjan Stevens has been trying to write “Tonya Harding” for almost 30 years") to write this song. maybe he also wanted it to match the video and that's why it looks so perfect? lol. sorry my grammar, don't speak english

2 days ago

Gorgeous.

2 days ago

simply the best! ♥

2 days ago

Sufjan wrote a little something about this song here where he mentioned he had tried to write this song when we has 15 yo http://asthmatickitty.com/tonya-harding/

2 days ago

So the Eb major version is not out yet?

3 days ago

Damn

3 days ago

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

wow. pure poetry

3 days ago

What a beautiful song. It made me think of the inspiration artists find for their subject. Who would have thought that Tonya Harding would inspire such beauty. It's a piece that much be watched first before only listened to after. So that, instead of seeing the incongruity in the music and the subject, you see the beauty that Tonya once exuded. So much lost that now no one remembers her for the amazing figure skater she was. Sufjan helped me see it again. Wonderful,

3 days ago

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

3 days ago

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

3 days ago

Sufjan Stevens what a beautiful VOICE!

3 days ago

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

3 days ago

I love this song.

3 days ago

soooo good and kinda sounds like blue bucket of gold

3 days ago

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

3 days ago

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

3 days 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

4 days ago

Very Lovely!!..

4 days ago

"Has the world had its fun?"

4 days ago

Holy knee caps.

4 days 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.

4 days ago

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

4 days ago
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