The origins of TikTok’s “I Want to Go Home” sound

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Have we stopped singing the “song of summer” during the pandemic? Viral TikTok songs come and go so fast there could be 10 at this point. However, this week’s sound might just be a contender.

The sound

The audio is of a young girl singing, “I want to go home.” The original TikTok was posted on May 8 by meme account esosaadun1 and has more than 3.4 million views.

Used in more than 197,000 videos, the emotional nature of the sound makes it perfect for both wistful and truly terrifying content. Or to promote Name is. But more often than not, it conveys that feeling introverts know all too well. One comment on a TikTok that used the audio: “Set this as an alarm when I’m at parties.”


I’m trying to hit the sheets, not the streets

♬ Original sound – ESOSA||CONTENT CREATOR

@ace.dadonn It was fine until he said “take these off” -_-#wow ♬ original sound – ESOSA||CONTENT CREATOR

Where is it from?

The original TikTok features a clip of a young girl singing and appears to be from a popular Nigerian family gospel group called Destined Kids, according to Know Your Meme. The song is called “It’s a Holiday” and a longer version was posted on Facebook in 2020. The original YouTube clip from 2011 has disappeared but was reposted last year.

The group consisted of six siblings, and it appears they released solo material as adults, according to Destined Kids’ Facebook page. We asked for a comment.

sound off

This sound is not to be confused with Kevin Hart’s “I want to go home” which is also popular and conveys the same sentiment.

@4everhiswife__421 #kevinhartcomedy #fyp #iwannagohome ♬ Original Sound – Tik Toker

*Initial publication: July 15, 2022 at 6:10 am CDT

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, focusing on streaming, comedy and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch and the Village Voice. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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