Where does the sound come from?
Multiple commenters said they thought the audio came from a Lana Del Rey song, which makes sense — she often sings about toxic romance in her signature crooning voice.
It helps that the protagonist of the movie shown in the original video that started the trend bears a shocking resemblance to the singer. The original post also includes the hashtag #lanadelrey in its caption.
However, the sound actually comes from two different sources that were edited together.
“The day he left me was the day that I died,” the TikTok sound begins. The tone is dramatic and a bit vintage.
According to TikTok account @whattheaudio, which explains TikTok sounds of dubious origins, it’s from the 2016 movie The Love Witch. Per IMDb, the film is about “a modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, with deadly consequences.”
Viewers were shocked to hear that the film was just five years old, as it has a longing, 1960s sort of vibe to it. It was actually styled that way on purpose as a tribute to the movies that preceded it. Though it only made around $200,000 at the box office, it made Rolling Stone’s list of the top 10 horror movies of 2016.
The second half of the TikTok audio, which says, “Johnny don’t leave me, you said you’d love me forever,” is from the song “Bust Your Kneecaps” by Pomplamoose.
The band was extremely popular on YouTube a decade ago, and this song was first shared in 2011.
How do you do the “Johnny Don’t Leave Me” TikTok trend?
If Addison Rae’s fancy camera work has left you puzzled, you aren’t alone. Thankfully, a number of other TikTok users have broken down exactly how to maneuver your phone to achieve the same effect.
It involves lip-syncing into the camera before grabbing it from above, flipping it upside down and pushing it over your head. At that point, you would stop recording, change clothes and get back to work by turning the camera yet again and bringing it down in front of you.
Easy? No. But if it were easy, it wouldn’t be so cool.
“I’ve tried this and nearly broken my wrists so many times,” one TikTok user said.
“I’ve been breaking my hand trying to figure out how people do this,” another wrote.
Give it a shot yourself, and don’t hurt your wrist in the process … though that would add to the drama of an extremely over-the-top trend.
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