“Waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things…”
If you’ve spent any amount of time on TikTok lately, we’re sure you just sang that in your head in the very sad, desperate little girl voice we’ve come to love.
Over the past month, the “waking up in the morning” song on TikTok has become a beloved sound (and instantly iconic trend) that consists of users dishing out on their cringiest, most embarrassing memories and experiences.
Since going viral this month, hundreds of thousands of videos have emerged using the sound, so we decided to do a classic Slaying Social investigation.
Whether you’re looking for the full lyrics to the “Waking Up in the Morning” song, or are wondering about where the original “Waking Up in the Morning” song comes from, this article will dish out on everything you need to know about this TikTok meme…. including where to find the FULL version of the song, which (yes) goes on far beyond just those few lines.
PS: Yes, you can indeed get it on a mug:
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A Brief History of the Waking Up in the Morning Meme on TikTok
While the song itself far precedes TikTok, there’s no doubt that TikTok itself is responsible for the rapid rise of this (actually quite dated) song.
The video has since garnered over 834,0000 likes and counting… but its TikTok popularity wouldn’t skyrocket for another two months.
One of the first videos to go mega-viral with this audio was posted on March 7 here, and shows the hilarious moment a fan met Ariana Grande while crying after a fight with his dad. At the time of writing, this video has almost 20 million views.
But that’s only one of many viral hits part of the ‘Waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things’ meme on TikTok!
In fact, the “Waking Up in the Morning” original sound (not even including reposts or copies) has generated over 250,000 videos so far, making it one of the year’s biggest TikTok trends, next to the oh so catchy Fortnite American Boy parody.
Even Will Smith got involved! You can see his take on the Waking Up in the Morning trend here.
So Where is the Original ‘Waking Up in the Morning, Thinking About So Many Things’ Song from?
Here’s the craziest part about the viral success of this song – it’s actually 10 years old!
The “Waking Up in the Morning” song made famous by TikTok was actually from an episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey – specifically Season 3, Episode 16.
The singer of the song is none other than Gia Giudice, who wrote the song all by herself about family drama involving her mom and uncle.
The video “Gia’s sad song” (an alternative name for the ‘Waking Up in the Morning’ TikTok song) was posted on YouTube on October 7, 2011, and you can watch it here.
As you can see, the full thing is actually longer than what’s shown on TikTok, and is pretty sad to watch actually…
As is said in the video “that was rough, Gia’s hurting – she knows what’s going on,” followed by “hopefully this can wake everybody up”.
Nonetheless, Gia seems to be thriving now, and we got a bunch of excellent memes out of it, so thank you Gia. We have all indeed woken up…. in the morning…… thinking about so many things.
Waking Up in the Morning, Thinking About So Many Things Lyrics
If you want to sing along, here are the full lyrics to the Waking Up in the Morning song here, including the extra bits of the song that gets cut from most of the videos using this sound.
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 make-up, getting my clothes on
Walking into school thinking of what is going to happen next
Things are just caught up in my mind just cannot get rid of them
I ain’t worrying and worrying I just cannot get rid of this
I cannot take chances it is just too much
Waking up in the morning going into school
Worrying and worrying it is just too much
Yeah yeah yeah
Our Favorite TikTok Videos Using the “Waking Up in the Morning” Song
We’re sure you’ve seen these all over your FYP, but in case you want to catch up on the “Best of” using this iconic Waking Up in the Morning Gia song, here are some of our faves:
- This unfortunate dentist email
- This awkward waiter birthday hug
- This skydiving experience gone wrong
- This epic WIPEOUT experience
We hope you enjoyed this guide to the TikTok “Waking Up in the Morning, Thinking About So Many Things” Song
Feel free to share your favorite videos using this sound in the comments, and check out our current TikTok trends list for more.