People are celebrating their families thanks to the “Slipping through My Fingers” TikTok trend.
While it’s always nice to get lost in nostalgia and precious moments, in true TikTok fashion, there’s definitely a sense of irony to this meme. Inspired by Mamma Mia!’s “Slipping Through My Fingers” performed by Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfriend, these walks down memory lane are also a way of roasting family members.
What is the “Slipping Through My Fingers” TikTok song?
The song “Slipping Through My Fingers” has a pretty rich history. Mamma Mia! is a Broadway musical based on ABBA songs. ABBA is a Swedish disco-pop group that rose to fame in the ’70s after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.
The band created the original song for their 1981 album The Visitors. It was later borrowed for Mamma Mia! the musical which later became a movie franchise starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried.
In the film, Streep sings the song as she laments that her daughter, played by Seyfried, is leaving the nest to get married.
What are the lyrics to the “Slipping Through My Fingers” song?
The part typically featured in the TikTok meme is the chorus’s lyrics:
“Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what’s in her mind?
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time”
How do you do the “Slipping through My Fingers” TikTok trend?
The trend just requires captioning the video with the setup to your “memory” from growing up and then providing the accompanying visual — the punchline.
The user @bardtard has the most popular version of the meme with a whopping 3.3 million likes.
“Thinking about the time my dad felt bad because he threw out my cookie cutters, so he went to the garage and made one for me,” she said.
Sounds sweet, doesn’t it? Until she revealed the actual cookie cutter her father made of a gingerbread man. Its body was warped and its cookies were nothing short of discombobulated.
“Thinking about how I told my grandma I had nothing to wear to my friend’s party and she was sooo excited to rush home and send me the ‘perfect outfit’ she could lend me,” @kaylablock_ wrote.
The outfit was an elegant, ivory skirt suit that looked fit for a woman over 50.
“Thinking about how my dad uses the most f***** up scenarios to try to make me understand how much he loves me,” @niamhadkins said.
Then she cut to a FaceTime with her father where he said, “The main one was if you were falling out of a plane I would jump after you and hug you on the way down so that you weren’t alone. And then what I’d do is I’d turn around so I was underneath. So if I hit the floor, I would break your fall.”
Sounds like her dad is basically Captain America.
“Thinking about the time my grandpa died and my dad waiting 24 hours to tell us just so we wouldn’t be sad for our family portraits and he smiled through the whole thing,” @catewithcake explained.
But for once, this wasn’t a joke and @catewithcake showed pictures of her dad smiling with her as a kid on one of the worst days ever.
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