Sufjan Stevens - Tonya Harding

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Postby Carbon » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:37 pm


In an accompanying essay, he says he first saw Harding skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991. He describes her tumultuous rise from working-class Portland, Oregon, to become “America’s sweetheart with a dark twist.” He writes, “Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend.”
A random new single about the controversial American figure-skater. Absolutely beautiful. :cry:

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Postby Hugo » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:10 pm

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
Or 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

You’re my shining American star
You’re my shining American star

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Postby flopho » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:56 pm

As for some reason i'm obsessed with this Nancy/Tonya story, this appeared in my YT recommendations, absolutely love it! Especially due to the kinda mellow-ish vibe of it.
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:41 am

I LOVE this! Slay my ass Sufjan!
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Postby bluecherry » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:55 pm

I adore him :(
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Postby heppolo » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:50 pm

I cheered for Oksana Baiul and Surya Bonaly back then, so no love for Tonya Harding
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Postby Mugen » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:25 pm

According to Sufjan, he didn't know the movie I, Tonya was in production when he came up with the song originally. He pitched it to them, but the producers couldn't find a way to add it to the movie.
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