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TikTok's 'Waking Up In The Morning' song has been used on thousands of videos - not least by Will Smith - but there's actually a story behind it. The song was originally written and sung by 10-year-old Gia Giudice on reality show The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Watch here:
If you've not had the TikTok 'sad song' stuck in your head at some point in the last few months, have you even been on social media?
You know the one: "Waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things..."
It's not going anywhere, but where did it come from?
Well, it sounds like a little girl crying, because it is.
In the third season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which aired in 2011, then-10-year-old Gia performed a song at her sister's birthday party. The lyrics she wrote are about her parents Teresa and Joe Giudice, arguing with Melissa and Joe Gorga (a feud that is ongoing, if that is of any interest to you).
Poor Gia shows she is at her wit's end with the hostility in her emotional performance.
Here are the lyrics:
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 and getting my clothes on
Walking into school
Thinking about what's going to happen next
It's a tough watch, especially when you see all the adults around her slowly seem to realise that the little girl is actually having a bit of cr*p time.
But don't worry, Gia is fine now, and she's actually embracing the attention she's got.
Speaking to E News, the 20-year-old said: "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."
And then even Cardi B commented on the song, writing:
Gia then posted a video of herself miming to the song 10 years on:
And seeing as we've all had it stuck in our heads, it wouldn't be surprising if we get an official release date soon.
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