The Iconic Origins of TikTok's Viral "Waking Up in the Morning" Song

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Mehera Bonner
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Photo credit: Manny Carabel - Getty Images
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From Seventeen

Soooo, you may have noticed that it's impossible to log onto TikTok or Instagram without at least ten people posting a "waking up in the morning" video. Partially thanks to Will Smith being out here like:

So, like, what TF is this song? That would be "Sad Song" by Real Housewives of New Jersey's very own Gia Giudice. Alarmed? Confused? Feeling old? Allow me to explain. But first, enjoy this:

The Original Video

Kay, so Gia originally sang the "Sad Song" during a 2011 episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey when she was just 10. In fact, she performed this masterpiece at her sister's birthday party, and yes, the moment lives on forever on YouTube:

The Lyrics/Meaning

Gia wrote this Grammy-not-yet-winning-but-soon hit about her parents, Teresa and Joe Giudice, fighting with Melissa and Joe Gorga—an epic drama that played out on RHONJ. The relevant lyrics are as follows:

"Waking up in the morning
Thinking about so many things
I just wish things would get better
I'm trying to get rid of them
But nothing seems to stay the same
Woke up in the morning
Doing my hair and makeup
Getting my clothes on
Walking into school
Thinking about what's going to happen next"

Gia's Response to *Gestures Wildly* All of This

She's pumped, tbh. Gia told E! News that she was super excited about Will Smith's video, saying "I had a bunch of friends sending me text messages saying Will Smith was singing your song on Instagram and when I saw it, I couldn't believe it. I love Will Smith and I thought it was really cool that he did that."

She also fully lost it when Cardi B tweeted that the song is the only thing keeping her on Twitter:

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But most importantly, she finally posted a TikTok of herself recreating the moment:

Truly, what a time to be on the internet.

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