Cup runneth over with ‘Gonna Miss Me’

There is no silence in our house, only the sound of cups.

Kids singing and banging cups on the kitchen table, counter, floor and anywhere else it will make some noise.

If you haven’t heard about the song and the routine that goes along with it, I’ve got the lyrics for you.

I’ve got my ticket for the long way ’round
Two bottles of whiskey for the way
And I sure would like some sweet company
And I’m leaving tomorrow what-do-you say?

When I’m gone, when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

I’ve got my ticket for the long way ’round
The one with the prettiest of views
It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers
It’s got sights to give you shivers
But it sure would be prettier with you

When I’m gone, when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my walk
You’re gonna miss me by my talk, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

Grace spent some time on a recent Sunday afternoon teaching me the hand motions after learning the song and the motions in her music class. (They changed whiskey to Pepsi.) She can’t get enough of it.

It’s so catchy and fun, it’s easy to see how.

I told the kids I wanted to find out more about it, and here’s what I found out.

“You’re Gonna Miss Me” (Cups) originated by Lulu and the Lampshades as a YouTube video complete with singing and percussions on a cup with involved actions that went viral and caught on, with many others imitating the original.

The song became mainstream and part of pop culture when Anna Kendricks performed it in the movie “Pitch Perfect” that came out in October. Any tween or teen who didn’t know it before knows it now. The kids are wild about that movie, including Ben, and I’m guessing that’s how the song’s popularity spread.

Here’s a link to Anna Kendricks performing the song along with the original YouTube video.

www.vh1.com/celebrity/2012-10-05/anna-kendricks-cup-song-letterman-pitch-perfect/

If you want to learn the tricks yourself or show your kids, here’s an instructional link:

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/music/mcupsong.htm.

You’re going to find yourself humming the song right along with your kids, but be warned. It’s impossible to get out of your head.

 

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