A song about the end of the world is TikTok’s surprising new score to heartwarming moments.
Songwriter Matt Maltese released “As the World Caves in” back in 2017. The story behind it is that two world leaders meet and have “one last night of romance together” before they destroy the world. Despite its chaotic narrative, the song is supposed to sound hauntingly beautiful.
“Hopefully it comes across romantic, sexy, but also sinister and stupid,” Maltese told the Fader in 2017.
Now a cover of the song by Sarah Cothran is going viral.
Sarah Cothran, a TikTok-famous artist with 1.5 million followers, popularized the song with her auto-tuned cover.
“Oh girl it’s you that I lie with / As the atom bomb locks in / Oh it’s you I watch TV with / As the world, as the world caves in,” Cothran sang.
The stunning rendition earned Cothran 18.7 million views.
She followed it up with a more stripped-down, acapella version and totally crushed it.
“I’m blown away every time,” a user commented.
“Yas Queen. Show off!” another said.
The song started a TikTok trend where it’s become the soundtrack to life’s precious moments
The user @ivyvibing played the song to show how joyful it is when their dog Ivy runs up to them in excitement.
But @justasadteenagerr felt it was the perfect score to a bit of history. They showed photos of the “Lovers of Modena.” For 6,000 years, the skeletal remains of two unknown men were locked in an embrace, holding hands in Modena, Italy.
“IDK why I am crying,” a user commented.
“That’s love right there,” a person wrote.
However, @imparkerburton had a more humorous moment in mind when he played Cothran’s cover as a group of SpongeBob SquarePants mascots danced. Squidward notably denies a girl’s request to dab (a popular dance move).
“This is art, someone said.
“The way his nose shakes. LMAO,” another wrote.
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