Miss me when I’m gone

It began with Reina del Cid which youtube presented [as I subscribe to RdC] and this was from last Sunday morning:

Song is from Tony Rice:


Naturally, that triggers Cups and Anna Kendrick:

And then this came up, from 1931:

What confused me was this from 1928:

Not to mention this which is quite different again:

… although around the same theme. So whose was the original? Probably the Carter Family, yes? What does Wiki say?

“When I’m Gone” also commonly known by its longer title “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone”, is a popular song written by A. P. Carter and was recorded in 1931 by the Carter Family (not to be confused with their 1928 song “Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?”).

All right, got that. Further:

In 2009, the band Lulu and the Lampshades combined the song “When I’m Gone” with a common children’s game known as the Cup game, in which cups are tapped and hit on a table to create a distinct rhythm. This created the modern version of the song known as “Cups (When I’m Gone)” or alternately “When I’m Gone (Cups)”.

Cup game? Never heard of it until Anna Kendrick.

In 2011 Anna Burden uploaded a version of the song on YouTube that then went viral and became the inspiration for Anna Kendrick’s version “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”)”. The Kendrick version has become a charting hit in the United States, and other charts. It also served as the official song of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.



Yes, fine, but what’s a concacaf when it’s at home? I see FIFA in there – does that mean it has something to do with football? Rose Bowl? Confused.


Ah, that horrible Me-again whose team lost to some 14 year olds, that one?

Anyway, back to the song or songs, which is the original? Well, the ‘will you’ would be. More obliquely, which would you identify with more? ‘You’re gonna’, ‘Will you’ or ‘Nobody’s going to’?

The idea that no one’s going to miss me is, IMHO, an affectation, similar to ‘no one loves me’, boo hoo. There’s always at least one who will have harboured some feelings – it just seems an act of cruelty to deny that to those who did love you.

I thought back to Anna Kendrick’s version, which I’d seen for a long time as quite self-centred and arrogant on the prissy missy’s part.

Carter family words:

You’re gonna miss me by my walk
You’re gonna miss me by my talk

You’re gonna miss me by my prayers
You’re gonna miss me everywhere

You’re gonna miss me by my ways
You’re gonna miss me everyday

You’re gonna miss me by my song
You’re gonna miss me all day long

Uh huh. Anna Kendrick’s words:

You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere

Ah, removes God from the mix in favour of her hair, the little Millennial?  She’s arrogant all right, Anna Kendrick.  Heaven help her.

It’s not all Millennials you know. Those in the first song are Millennial too – fine people they seem to me.

4 comments for “Miss me when I’m gone

  1. May 9, 2020 at 18:01

    Different song, but the spirit is there…

    I gave you the warning,
    But you never heeded it.
    How can you say you miss my lovin,
    When you never needed it?

    Great cover:

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