Sufjan Stevens just released a song about ‘American star’ Tonya Harding

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Tonya Harding might seem an unlikely muse for Sufjan Stevens. 

But on Wednesday, ahead of I, Tonya‘s Friday film release, the singer shared a new song about the Olympic figure skater and her rocky experience in the spotlight.

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Though one might assume Stevens’ interest in Harding coincides with news surrounding her upcoming biopic, Stevens writes in a blog post that his desire to pen a song about the athlete dates back to 1991 when Stevens first saw her skate. 

And though Stevens says previous versions of “Tonya Harding” contained more “light-hearted jabs,” the final version – the one he shared Wednesday – is something softer. Sample lyrics: “May God bless you with incense/You’re my shining American star.” Read more…

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