Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 December 2013 - Anna Kendrick - Cups (Pitch Perfect's "When I'm Gone")

Yes, you are on the right blog.  This is Totally Covered, not Wicked Guilty Pleasures.

When I first heard this song:

1. I thought it was boring.
2. I thought the whole cup thing was stupid.

You aren't going to change my mind on #2, but my mind was recently changed on #1.  The song was written by A.P. Carter - you know, of the Carter Family - in 1931 and recorded by Carter Family.  Even this version - complete with cups - is a cover, done in 2009 by Lulu and the Lampshades.... in two part harmony.

But this version is simple and reminiscent more of the original than the 2009 cover.  (Or the cover by Anna Burden.....) The lyrics are heartbreaking, and Ms. Kendrick does them justice with her strong but simple rendition.

I still think the whole cup thing is stupid.  But in this context, I guess it's ok.  Here's the original scene from the movie.


  1. My 10 year old niece LOVES this song. She does the cup thing over and over and over...I'm like "go do your homework" LOL

  2. Never knew this was a cover. Thanks! My question is--what is the original name of the song? Cups would not make sense, unless it was always performed in that manner? BTW, I love the song--would love to hear the original version!

    1. The original name was "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" There are several covers of it available on YouTube, as well as one by the Carter Family


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