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Singing From the Heart

Mizzou wrestler J’den Cox’s voice helped kick off Mizzou: Our Time to Lead.

Cox performing

J’den Cox, a two-time All-American wrestler, performs his original song about Mizzou. The junior psychology major helped kick off the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead funding campaign during Homecoming week. Photo by Nicholas Benner

Leading by example comes naturally to J’den Cox, Mizzou’s All-American wrestler and 2014 NCAA champion known for his relentless work ethic. But it was Cox’s vocal leadership on display Oct. 8, 2015, at Mizzou Arena, where he played guitar and sang his original song “One More.”

The lyrics convey what Mizzou means to Cox, but the junior psychology major from Columbia wrote them in such a way that they might apply to a professor, student-athlete, traditional student or alumnus.

“The title ‘One More’ is our motto on the wrestling team,” Cox says. “It applies to our workouts — we always give one more [rep, lap, etc.].”

His song preceded a surprise performance by Sheryl Crow, BS Ed ’84, and the announcement of the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign goal. The comprehensive campaign, which has already raised more than $650 million, outlines three priorities: building MU’s endowment, establishing and investing in interdisciplinary centers and institutes, and launching a campus renaissance by renovating and building facilities. This issue of MIZZOU highlights all three priorities.

“I don’t think there’s a person on Mizzou’s campus who could read these lyrics and think, ‘This has nothing to do with me,’ ” Cox says. “Writing music gives me the freedom to say things in a slightly different way.” Check out the first verse and a video of the performance below.

One More

We’ve walked the same grounds

We’re taking different paths

We’re not sure of anything

With early morning tasks

To 10 o’clock class

Gotta say it’s draining me

But we’ve come too far

to not take a chance

We’ve fought too hard

to not take a stand

Some days we may feel the weight

of the world on our shoulders

But do you hear the Tigers roaring

When we’ve given our all

And there’s nothing left

Know

Where others fall

Well we’re not done yet

Black and gold stripes

Missouri pride

We give one more

We give one more

We’re giving one more

We’re giving one more