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Transcript of Cup Song
How did it became famous?
In 2011, Anna Burden uploaded a version on YouTube that became Anna Kendrick's inspiration for her version.
This version of "When I'm gone" was used in the film "Pitch's perfect" where Becca (Anna Kendrick) auditions with this song.
Now there are a lot of covers of it in youtube and the record became first top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.
-Voice / acapella
-Base (linea de bajo)
-Sound effects (sound box)
When I'm Gone
Song Title: When I'm Gone (Cup Song)
Artist Name: Anna Kendrick
Genre: Folk-pop/a Capella
Length: 1:17 (album version)
2:07 (single version)
3:07 (video version)
Released: March 26th 2013
Film: Pitch Perfect
"When I'm Gone"
-"When I'm Gone" was written by A.P. Carter and Luisa Gerstein.
-It was performed by the Carter family in 1931.
-In 1937, Mainer’s Mountaineers did "Miss me when I'm gone" and Charlie Monroe did "You're gonna miss me."
-In 2009 was the first time the cup game was combined with the song "When I'm gone". This was done by Lulu and the Lampshades.
The Cup Song
The cup song is a now popular song, product of the combination of the song "when I'm gone" and the old children game, the cup game.
The Cup Game
The cup game is a children's clapping game that involves tapping and hitting a plastic or styrofoam cup using a defined rhythm. It's origin is not truly known, but it has been played for many years.
Rich Mullins (christian singer) used the cup game for the first time to accompany his song "Screen Door" 1987.
Tap, Tap, Tap
Clap, Grab, Move
(slight silent pause)
Clap, Grab, Hit, Hit, Switch, Slap, Down!
As we can see it is a simple rythm of 4/4 which is easy to follow and learn.
This song is a success because of:
- it is new and original to use a cup instead of instruments, therefore very popular.
-easy to play at home.
-based on a children's game, therefore entertaining.
-soft colour and tone of the singer's voice.
-repetitive rythm that can never end.
-simple rythm and catchy.
How's the song structured?
-Introduction (only cup)
-Instrumental (only cup)
-Introduction (2 times with cup, then other instruments are aded)
-Chorus (2 times)
-Instrumental (with cup)
-Chorus (2 times)
-Last chorus (only voice, banjo and cup)
Anna Kendrick was born on August 9th of 1985. She is 28 years old and she is an american actress and singer. She started her career when she was 10 years old. In 1998, when she was 12 years old, she got her first acting role in the Broadway musical "High Society".
Lulu and the Lampshades 2009
Rich Mullins - Screen Doors