A Charles Manson Song Is Appearing in Cozy Fall Videos on TikTok

"Home Is Where You're Happy" has become popular in DIY videos and cute neighbourhood clips

BY Alex HudsonPublished Oct 21, 2022

TikTok has a tendency to make old songs go viral: Mother Mother went stratospheric with some 13-year-old music, and we just spoke with Alex Turner about the sudden success of Arctic Monkeys deep cut "505." Now, another old song is trending, but here's the unfortunate twist: it's by Charles Manson.

The murderous cult leader was an aspiring musician in the '60s, and his 1968 song "Home Is Where You're Happy" has started spreading on TikTok. Most people posting it don't seem to know what the song is; rather, the ramshackle acoustic ditty is being used to soundtrack various #fallvibes videos and clips about domesticity and DIY crafts.

"I liked how it sounded a little bit older and I liked the lyrics," a TikTok user named Rose Adele told Rolling Stone. "It sounded like he was talking about home, and going into fall, we're at home more."

In other words: Charles Manson is considered hygge. The title of "Home Is Where You're Happy" undoubtedly evokes coziness, although some of the lines about retreating from society scan as a bit more sinister when considered within the context of a cult leader: "So burn your bridges / Leave your whole life behind."

Below, see some of the cozy videos using "Home Is Where You're Happy." Other TikTok users most definitely know who Charles Manson is — see this video about Manson's childhood home.
@jennanenna97 My prized collage wall that's been in the making for 6 years 🦋🌼🧡🦉#decor #1970s #groovy #thrifteddecorfinds #vintage #livingroom #collagewall #vintagevibes #thriftfinds ♬ Home Is Where You're Happy - Charles Manson
@gilliehouston 🫶🏠 #Brooklynapartment #interiordesign #apartmenttour ♬ Home Is Where You're Happy - Charles Manson
@oursunnycasa ♬ Home Is Where You're Happy - Charles Manson
@botanicalsanctuary I don't want the same things in my home that is in everyone elses.. Target decor just doesn't do it for me. Decor gotta be older than me to hang on my wall.🤙🏼 #fyp #embroid #vintage #handmade #vintagedecor #sheesh #isntshelovely #foryoupage #ebay #etsy #sweetdeal ♬ Home Is Where You're Happy - Charles Manson
@uhitswhit I'm always scared of not being perfect so I decided to do something… #havingfun #failingisok #andGO #painting ♬ Home Is Where You're Happy - Charles Manson

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