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If you’ve spent any time on TikTok over the past month, you’ll know these words intimately: “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.” People are using the sound to share their most humiliating memories from childhood, because mining trauma for content is all we know now. However, did you know that this song not only has a name, but a Real Housewives connection? I didn’t until yesterday, so now I’m sharing this with you.

But first, however, please watch a few of my favourites, because I’m nothing if not a sucker for second-hand embarrassment.

@elizabethao037By far the most embarrassing moment of my life! ##QuickerPickerRapper ##fyp♬ original sound – Amir Yass

@fendallkerry#greenscreen this trend made me remember???? #photoshoot #fyp #funny♬ original sound – Amir Yass

@michaelslagelyikes ##greenscreen ##Coming2America ##arianagrande ##arianator ##ariana ##meetandgreet ##embarrased ##awkward ##victorious ##homediy ##viral ##fyp ##positions♬ original sound – Amir Yass

@smootishelizabeth i’m so sorry ##fyp♬ original sound – Amir Yass

*pause so I can wipe away my tears*

Anyway! Now we’re all caught up, let me tell you about the back story here. This song actually has a name: Sad Song. It was written by Gia Giudice, the oldest daughter of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice. Gia was 10 when she wrote Sad Song and performed it at her sister’s birthday party.

It was about her parents (Teresa and Joe Giudice, who have since split) fighting with her aunt and uncle, and originally continued: “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.”

I can’t be too mean about a song that was written by a literal child, so I’ll just leave you with this reaction: hmmm.

Since Sad Song has been blowing up on TikTok for weeks and weeks (a trend with a long-life span? in this economy?), it’s reached the ears of celebs like Will Smith and Cardi B. That’s not really important to the story, I just wanted the chance to include this awkward example of celebs taking a very amusing trend and making it somehow less funny.

Sure, okay!

To bring this thing full circle, Gia has now acknowledged her song going viral on TikTok, with a video that completely misunderstands (or wilfully ignores) the trend. Ah well! I guess when you found RHONJ fame and then TikTok fame, you don’t need to pay attention to trends. Live and let live, I say.

@giagiudicexxhere you go everyone ….♬ original sound – Amir Yass

And now you’re all caught up. You’re welcome for the eduation.

Image: Instagram / TikTok