Gaga's ballad will leave you speechless.
A clip of Lady Gaga's emotional song written with Diane Warren, titled "Till It Happens To You," surfaced online today (Aug. 6). The Diane Warren co-written song was used as the theme for the 2015 documentary film The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses.
The emotional piano-led ballad showcases the singer's incredible voice, made even more moving by the fact that the topic is one that is, sadly, dear to the "Cheek To Cheek" singer's heart. Gaga admitted to Howard Stern earlier this year she was raped several years ago.
“I went through some horrific things. I’m able to laugh now because I’ve gone through a lot of mental, physical and emotional therapy to heal over the years.”
She said she was a shell of her former self years later after reflecting. “It happens every day and it’s really scary and sad,” Gaga continued. “It didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later.” Her reason for not calling out her attacker? “I wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened. I don’t want to be defined by it.”
“I heard about [the film] and it just really touched me,” Warren tells Billboard, “and she had stuff in her life that she could relate to. Gaga is one of the most talented artists I have worked with in my life and I’m excited about doing more with her.”
“There are a lot of levels to the song,” says Warren , who saw the finished film for the first time at the premiere. “There’s something very vulnerable about it and something very defiant about it, especially the way [Gaga] sings it. The first verse is vulnerable — ‘You tell me its going to get better?’ — and the second verse comes in and it builds. Really? It gets better? No. You don’t know until it happens to you.”
She adds, “I think this song in particular can relate to anything you want, anything in your life,” she says. “It could be a breakup, somebody passing away — anything where there is loss and someone says to you it’s going to be all right, it just takes time, but you’re sitting there dying. It’s such a universal song.”
Gaga has always been able to write a powerful ballad but this could easily be her most breathtaking one yet and will undoubtedly be the one to help many listeners around the world.
Warren's expressed her desire to release the song officially, but no such luck. Let's hope this initial leak pushes a proper debut.