Diane Warren Opens Up About Her "Vulnerable" Collaboration With Lady Gaga

And she hopes the emotional song has a life beyond the film.

The subject hits close to home for Lady Gaga and evoked quite an emotional delivery. The song premiered on January 23rd during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and not many people were fortunate enough to hear it. Taken from the film The Hunting Ground, the song provides an emotional backdrop while chronicling the pain of a sexual assault survivor. So what exactly do we know about this collaboration?

Warren says the song has a lot of layers and that there is definitely a visceral vulnerability in Gaga’s performance.

You tell me its going to get better?/ Really? It gets better?/ No/ You don’t know until it happens to you.

“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.”

Warren hopes the song becomes mainstream after Sundance.

“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.”

So many women are coming forth and telling their stories about their horribly unfortunate situations of sexual violence. It is both empowering, and sad. It is sad that so many women have to be victims and then deal with the emotional fallout, the stigma it brings, and when they go public with it, it usually involves character assassinations. That is why it is important to have a discourse on the subject of ****. When celebrities like Lady Gaga, Kesha Rose, or Gabrielle Union tell their stories it begins to change things, and begins to empower the victims.

The song is slated to premiere on March 20th, and we cannot wait to hear it. Songs and documentaries like this start important discourse, and said discourse lead to social change. It is a very heavy topic, so kudos to Diane Warren and Lady Gaga for being so candid and honest.