As many people know, “Cups” has become a YouTube phenomenon. What might not be known, is that it is a rendition of the J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers folk song, “Miss Me When I’m Gone,” from 1937. In 1938, Charlie Monroe came out with a country version titled “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.”
The song has grown from Lulu and the Lampshades and Anna Burden’s covers, to dozens of individual and group covers, especially after Anna Kendrick performed “Cups” in the movie Pitch Perfect, directed by Jason Moore.
High School student Natalie Clements, of Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, a Berklee City Music Network member, joins in with her rendition of the song. What makes Natalie’s performance stand out is how quickly she picked up the beat. After only a few hours of practice, she effortlessly performs the first verse of the song.