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Before It Was TikTok Viral: "The Leanover" by Life Without Buildings

Released 20 years ago, this polarizing track from a short-lived Scottish band is finally getting the widespread attention it deserves.

Alan Dimmick

"If I lose ya, if I lose ya, if I lose ya, if I lose ya, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, mmm."

If you were to scroll through TikTok right now, you're bound to run across a few clips that feature an audio of these words —half-spoken, half-sung — followed by a gentle, romantic guitar riff. It's a seemingly stream-of-consciousness delivery, one that hardly makes sense. On TikTok, however, things don't have to make sense; anything goes as long as you can dance and lip sync along.

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