"Til It Happens to You" is a song written by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren. The song is included on the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which documents the lives of young people affected by rape, and which premiered on January 23, 2015 at Sundance Film Festival. The studio version has been leaked in full on Twitter on August 19th, 2015. The song was released on iTunes with The Hunting Ground soundtrack on September 2, 2015. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault. It has been nominated for an Oscar at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Background[edit | edit source]

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Lady Gaga revealed the song title on January 23, 2015 through her Twitter account.

"Recorded a song w/ amazing @Diane_Warren for very important doc #TheHuntingGround that premieres at Sundance today! Congrats 2 all involved!"
11:21 AM - 23 Jan 2015
"The film documents the lives of young people affected by rape. Our song is called "Till It Happens To You.""
11:27 AM - 23 Jan 2015

Commercial release[edit | edit source]

Digital release[edit | edit source]

Till it Happens to You Artwork.jpg Label: Interscope
Format: Digital
Released: September 18, 2015
Catalog #: N/A
Barcode: None
Photography: N/A
Design: N/A
# Name Time
1. "Till it Happens to You"   4:18

Release history[edit | edit source]

Country Date Format
Worldwide Worldwide September 18, 2015 Digital download
Gb.png United Kingdom
Japan Japan
September 19, 2015
Us.png United States March 8, 2016 Contemporary hit radio

Performances[edit | edit source]

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2015
Dec 11 Billboard Women in Music Lifetime Us.png
2015
Feb 28 88th Academy Awards ABC Us.png

Dates Location City Country
2015
Oct 29 amfAR Los-Angeles, CA Us.png
2016
Jan 5 "The Hunting Ground" Reception at Peninsula Hotel Los-Angeles, CA Us.png
Jan 23 Producers Guild of America Awards 2015
Apr 7 "It's On Us" Campaign: University Nevada Las Vegas, NV

Music video[edit | edit source]


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Premiere date September 17, 2015
Director(s) Catherine Hardwick
Fashion director N/A
Choreographer N/A
Director of photography N/A

The music video was released on September 17, 2015 and does not star Gaga.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Studio version[edit | edit source]

You tell me "it gets better,
it gets better in time"
You say "pull yourself together,
pull it together", you'll be fine
Tell me "what the hell do you know,
what do you know?"
Tell me "how the hell could you know,
how could you know?"

Till it happens to you,
you don't know how I feel
Till it happens to you,
you won't know, it won't be real
No it won't be real
Wonder how I feel?

You tell me "hold your head up,
hold your head up and be strong
'Cause when you fall you gotta get up,
you gotta get up and move on"
Tell me "how the hell can you talk,
how can you talk?"
'Cause until you've walked where I've walked,
it's just all talk

Till it happens to you,
you don't know how it feels
How it feels
Till it happens to you
You don't know,
it wont be real (how would you know?)
No, it won't be real (how would you know?)
Wonder how I feel?

Till your world burns and crashes
Till you're at the end, the end of your rope
Till you're standing in my shoes
I don't wanna hear a thing from you
From you, from you, 'cause you don't know

Till it happens to you,
you don't know how I feel
How I feel, how I feel

Till it happens to you,
you don't know
It won't be real (how would you know?)
No, it won't be real (how would you know?)
Wonder how it feels (hey)
Till it happens to you,
happens to you, happens to you.
happens to you, happens to you,
happens to you (how would you know?)

Till it happens to you
You don't know
How I feel

Demo version[edit | edit source]

You tell me "hold your head up
Hold you head up and be strong
'Cause when you fall, you gotta get up
You gotta get up and move on"

Tell me "how the hell could you talk?
How could you talk?"
'Cause until you walk where I've walked
It's just no good

Till it happens to you
You don't know how it feels
How it feels

Till it happens to you
You won't know it won't be real
No, it won't be real
I know how I feel

Till your world burns and crashes
Till you're at the end, the end of your rope
Till you're standing in my shoes
I don't wanna hear anything from you, from you, from you 'cause you don't know

Till it happens to you
You don't know how I feel
How I feel
How I feel

Till it happens to you
You won't know it won't be real
No, it won't be real
I know how it feels

Till it happens to you
Happens to you
Happens to you

Happens to you
Happens to you
Happens to you

Till it happens to you
You won't know how I feel

Credits[edit | edit source]

Written by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
Produced by Lady Gaga
Recording and Mixing Engineer Dave Russell
Recording engineer Dae Bennett
Track Participants Lady Gaga — Vocals, Piano
George McCurdy — Drums
Tim Stewart — Guitar
Ricky Tillo — Guitar
Orchestra String Arranger / Conductor — Stephen Oremus
Leader — Ryan Shore
Violin 1 — Alyssa Park (Concert Master), Natalie Leggett, Yelena Yegoryan, Jessica Guideri
Violin 2 — Darius Campo (Principal), Sarah Thornblade, Christine Wu
Viola — Shawn Mann (Principal), Alma Fernandez
Cello — Tim Loo (Principal), Trevor Handy
Bass — Mike Valerio (Principal)
Published by
  • Stefani Germanotta P/K/A Lady Gaga (BMI) Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing, LLC / GloJoe Music Inc. (BMI)
  • Realsongs (ASCAP)

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