Lady Gaga just performed a tribute to The Sound of Music at the 2015 Oscars, but she's not done contributing to the world of music and film. After announcing that she had recorded a theme song for the campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground last month, today (Feb. 27), the result "Till it Happens to You" co-written by Diane Warren has surfaced online.
The song hit the Internet after The Hunting Ground had its first screening last night, and it's just as dramatic and emotional as the subject and the singer.
"Till it happens to you, you don't know it feels / How it feels / Till it happens to you, you won't know how it won't be real / Or how I feel / Till your world burns and crashes / Till you're at the end of your rope / Till you're standing in my shoes / I don't want to hear a thing from you," Gaga sings strongly in the chorus and second verse, above a massive swell of strings and piano.
It's a strong song, showing off Gaga's emotional songwriting and her powerhouse voice. Listen to "Till It Happens to You" below, via Idolator:
In December, Gaga opened up about her own experience with rape which happened right after she'd graduated high school. She said that despite the traumatizing nature of the attack, she refused to have it define her. "It happens every day, and it's really scary, and it's sad. It didn't affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later. It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, 'Just keep going.' Because I just had to get out of there," she said. "I wasn't even willing to admit that anything had even happened.
"I don't want to be defined by it. I'll be damned if somebody's gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d**khead who did that to me. I'm going to take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful. All the things that I've made out of my strife, I did that."