Bastille released “Pompeii” on January 11th, 2013 and uploaded the music video of the song on January 20th.
Over the years, the song had received a large amount of views and plays, being recognized by most people over the globe.
The first posts to use “but if you close your eyes” emerged on Reddit in July, 2020, spreading to YouTube within a short time span.
By August, 2021, “But if you close your eyes” would be used to photoshop all sorts of countries off of maps.
The meme became the most prevalent on YouTube, however posts kept being shared and uploaded to Reddit as well.
Over time, the format started to make characters from shows and series disappear as well, similar to the what if it was all a dream? format.