The popularity of TikTok as one of the largest social media platforms also gives rise to the popularity of certain songs and “sounds” used on the app. Songs like “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush spiked in streams following its use in Stranger Things and subsequent popularity on TikTok, and now another song is circulating the app for an even greater good. The Chainsmokers’s song “Paris,” released in 2017, is now being used on TikTok by pro-choice activists following the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24th.
The specific line of “if we go down, then we go down together” in “Paris” has resonated with women across the country, sharing their own painful stories of having abortions that saved their lives, being denied abortions, and now having to travel to different states, and beyond. While this song was written 5 years before this Supreme Court decision, the tremendous impact of this song on women nationwide is extraordinary, with individuals lip-syncing the words “how could I let you fall by yourself” as some offer up their homes in pro-choice states for anyone who needs to travel out of their own anti-abortion states. This generosity has spread under this sound with many saying “my door is always open” or “feel free to crash on my couch,” expressing their own sorrow surrounding anti-abortion laws.
The DJ duo, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, are from New York City and have been vocal about their appreciation that their song is being used to highlight such an important issue on TikTok. Their official TikTok account duetted with another creator, who was crying in her video, saying “the videos using this sound are making me very emotional.” The Chainsmokers responded with the sentiment “we are glad that something we wrote is being used to support a cause we believe in,” following with another video at an Atlanta concert performing “Paris,” saying that “this song has so much more meaning every time we perform it now.” Observing the powerful impact of music in the wake of the Roe v. Wade overturn is incredible, and it shows how important it is that women can find alternative meanings in the lyrics of “Paris” that apply to their own cause and advocate for change.