Gibson’s #CompleteGamer Song


The St. Louis Cardinals have unveiled the newest tribute in their season long honor of Bob Gibson and the 50th Anniversary of his magical 1968 season.

The original song #CompleteGamer was composed by Adam Maness, who was instructed to develop the single in a musical style reminiscent of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway show Hamilton by using fast-paced hip hop accompanied by powerful orchestral music.

Maness, who is a local composer, worked with singer Brian Owens in developing the song. Owens, a resident of Ferguson who is the Des Lee Artist in Residence at University of Missouri-St. Louis, leads a unique, therapeutic songwriting program called Compositions for L.I.F.E. (Leadership. Innovation. Faith. Excellence.)

The group works with students interested in the arts who are in junior high school through college, with a particular focus on underserved and at-risk children in the Ferguson, North County, St. Louis City and St. Louis Metropolitan area.

The Compositions for L.I.F.E. students wrote and performed the lyrics of the #CompleteGamer song using Bob Gibson’s 1968 autobiography “From Ghetto to Glory” as their source of inspiration.

#CompleteGamer

Get up, Stand up Put your hands up

Verse 1: Thomas
From Ghetto to Glory Bob Gibson been on a mission
He multiplied the struggle and splitting it like division
Trying to make an image that was never up in his vision
Breaking down pride
When you hear that final decision
Fatherless poor and black
Bitten on the ear by a rat
You can change poverty that is a given fact to rise above, that was his plan of attack
Bob Gibson, yeah he did that

Verse 2: Daniel

He conquered the mound The people around
Would shout in the crowds The ambient sounds

The strike zone he found While batters he clowned
Have batters swinging like merry go rounds he took them to town

He was a game changer The complete gamer Throw a pitch so fast It’ll rearrange ya
He’s no stranger

He’s Bob Gibson been on a mission
He changed the game forever
The pitcher was his position

Chorus:

You’re the ultimate, gamer

(chris) The game heavy, the opposition will never be ready You’re a, game changer
(Chris) Reach the top, champion blood running, something that can never be stopped Hall of, famer
(chris) The big man coming, legendary feels got the crowd clutching their stomach Oooohhhhhhhh
(Chris) We all got to face it, we are now witnessing greatness

You’re a complete gamer!

Verse 3: Paco

Defined the era with an E.R.A.
1.12 and that was back in 68’
Strikeouts over 3,000
Innings with no hits Twenty two and two thirds that’s as real as it gets
Lower the mound five inches Setting records no Guiness
I’m a complete gamer, Pitching all nine innings
Throwing the fast balls like Popeye off the spinach

The batters cower in fear when Hoot steps up to pitch it I said “Hoot!”

Chorus:

You’re the ultimate, gamer

(chris) The game heavy, the opposition will never be ready You’re a, game changer
(chris) This the truth, I owe it all to my roots Hall of, famer
(chris) The big man coming, legendary feels got the crowd clutching their stomach Oooohhhhhhhh
(Chris) We all got to face it, we are now witnessing greatness

You’re a complete gamer!

Bridge

Walk through the pain

(Thomas) Pain was in your game so you just walked into the flame and you will We’ll never be the same
(Daniel) Everybody watchin’, Gibson came and then he conquered you will Live to change the game
(Paco) Submit yourself as a legend, no love the fame

(Chris) The hawk running

Game clutching

Be careful the game changer is coming

Chorus:

You’re the ultimate, gamer

(chris) The game heavy, the opposition will never be ready You’re a, game changer
(chris) Reach the top, champion blood running, something that can never be stopped
(chris) The big man coming, legendary feels got the crowd clutching their stomach Oooohhhhhhhh
(Chris) We all got to face it, we are now witnessing greatness

You’re a complete gamer!

Adam Maness Composer
Lyrics by Chris Johnson-Mobley, Joshua “Paco” Lee, Daniel Long, Justice Mack, Thomas Mack, Kilicia Saxton, and Malena Smith as part of Compositions for L.I.F.E./Brian Owens Executive Director

Music Performed By: Shawn Weil – violin, Kyle Lombard – violin, Bjorn Ranheim – cello, David DeRiso – double bass, Jeffrey Strong – trumpet, Jim Martin – trombone/tuba, Shannon Wood – timpani, Adam Maness – piano/percussion, Zebadiah Briskovich – bass, Rob Woodie – drums

Vocals Performed By: Valencia Branch, Jazmyn Cole, Maria Ellis, Anita Jackson, Chris Johnson-Mobley, Joshua “Paco” Lee, Daniel Long, Justice Mack, Thomas Mack, Kilicia Saxton, Malena Smith

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