TikTok is getting moody with the ‘Ceilings’ trend: ‘I’m never gonna recover’
TikTokers and Lizzy McAlpine fans have turned her song into a new trend on the digital platform.
The “Ceilings” trend, which gets its name from McAlpine’s 2020 single “Ceilings,” shows users lip-syncing the song’s chorus in an emotionally resonant way.
The 17-year-old model and influencer Beca (@nottrebeca), who has 3 million followers, posted a video in which she’s seen walking on a desert beach during sunset. As the chorus builds, she begins to run, before eventually falling to her knees.
Since being posted, Beca’s video has received over 1.9 million views and more than 460,000 likes.
“[I] feel like this is what we expected the music video to be”
“As someone who loved ceilings before it turned into a trend I’m never gonna recover..” commented @sofiiya.spamss.
“The lighting and the background is everything,” said @mamavilja.
“[I] feel like this is what we expected the music video to be,” wrote @justicecarradine.
TikTok influencer Jen (@sohltrain) had a similar interpretation of the song’s meaning. She’s seen wandering the woods in an ethereal, pale blue gown. Commenters have even likened her to “a princess.” Jen’s video has over 2.5 million views and more than 506,000 likes.
“I’m so happy the algorithm brought me back for this one,” said @lisepacifique.
“This is my sign to wear a gown and frolic through the forest,” wrote @feed.annna.
“The feminine urge to put on the most flowy dress I can find and run is calling me,” commented @_hootyhoothoot_.
While several videos attached to the trend seem to show TikTokers walking and then running, some suggest that the sequence of events is off.
On Valentine’s Day, New York City-based cosplayer Lindley (@littlelottiecosplay) shared a video showing a clear transition. Lindley articulates the supposed happiness of having a fairytale romance, followed by the painful realization that you don’t.
“[Y]ou made an incredible use of the song, and I’m honestly grateful I saw this video today. Keep going! Your fairytale is coming and I’m certain of it,” said @elizabethbarrett615.
“[T]his has been a fav song & I was sad to see it popping up here bc no one was capturing the real emotion of it. You nailed what it really feels like,” wrote @mccallcox96.
“Best one so far,” said @vintage_maggz.
Commenters had a similar reaction to the video Ashley (@myinitialsareace) posted. “I feel like the dream should be first and then the sad reality hits,” reads her caption.
“A great example of listening to the lyrics versus the music.”
“Ok but yes because the story of the song is totally this,” said @thecordial_corvid2319.
“Lyrics girlies unite,” wrote @megan_minns.
“[O]k thank you bc I listen to the words and think the same thing every time!” wrote @weanlingmean.
“A great example of listening to the lyrics versus the music,” said @ambivurt.
“And at the end, it’s kind of just about… I don’t know, missing that feeling. Missing a relationship. Missing love. Missing all of that…”
In a clip posted by 22-year-old influencer @herculeankate, McAlpine explains the meaning behind “Ceilings” while performing on stage.
“Well, this beginning of the song kinda sounds like it’s about someone. Well, obviously it does sound like it’s about someone,” Lizzy explains. “And at the end, it’s kind of just about… I don’t know, missing that feeling. Missing a relationship. Missing love. Missing all of that which fits with the theme.”
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