A man playing a piano and a man playing a guitar.

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‘Here comes the boy’: TikTok pieces together beautiful music for a cat

A simple song about a cat got a full orchestra.

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Jul 9, 2021   Updated Jul 9, 2021, 9:27 am CDT

That One Sound is a weekly column from senior internet culture writer Audra Schroeder that explores the origin of popular sounds heard on TikTok. Suggestions? Tips? Email [email protected]

Cat Person discourse returned this week, for better or worse. But let us instead focus on an actual cat. One named Mashed Potato, who inspired a song that has TikTok collaborating, duetting, and getting emotional

The sound

The original sound is from TikToker june_banoon, who sings five simple lines to a grey and white neighborhood cat, as he casually approaches from the street: “Here comes the boy/Hello boy/Welcome/There he is/He is here.” If you’re a pet owner, you’ve likely performed a similar song when your cat or dog enters a room.  

@june_banoon

He lives down the road and we call him Mashed Potatoes #fyp #TakisTransformation #cat #catsoftiktok

♬ original sound – June ✨

The TikTok has more than 4 million views, and june_banoon followed it up with some more intimate footage of Mashed Potato, the “snaggletooth boy wonder.”

Where’s it from?

As mentioned, the original lyrics are from june_banoon, who showed off her vocal talents in other TikToks. But in the week since it was posted, others chimed in via the duet feature. TikToker alexfromsf added beautiful piano accompaniment and that video took off, getting more than 3 million views.  

Then synth, flute, violin, sax, trumpet, and harp were added.

https://www.tiktok.com/@nikkokeh/video/6981682471913934085
@harpistkari

#duet with @june_banoon had to add some ✨harp✨

♬ original sound – June ✨

Others added vocal harmonies, and eventually, there was something resembling full accompaniment.

@n1shy2

If you are in the video and want me to delete it just say in the comment <3 #fyp #N1shy2

♬ original sound – June ✨

Quite a few people said it sounds like a Steven Universe song. Others referenced its Vine-based predecessor, “I want to see my little boy,” aka “Here he comes.”

There are so many duets and layers, many of the newer comments on june_banoon’s TikTok are from people just now discovering it’s the original.

Sound off

The trend has made it to Twitter as well, a place where someone saying “This whole thread is so peaceful” is a rarity. This kind of collaboration isn’t new: Something similar happened with sea shanties on TikTok earlier this year. But that trend worked with an established song. Here, something completely new—and soothing, and comforting—was created.

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*First Published: Jul 9, 2021, 8:40 am CDT