So imagine having that experience for years. Then eventually you get Five Iron Frenzy's later record, The End is Near. You're sort of digging it, and then you get to the last track. It's called On Distant Shores, and it has this heavy-handed religious imagery in its lyrics:
I have been scarred so deep by life and cold despair
And brittle bones were broken far beyond repair
I have leveled lies so deep the truth may never find
And inside my faithless heart I stole things never mine
If mercy falls upon the broken and the poor
Dear Father, I will see you there on distant shores
Just as you're about to tune it out, the bridge kicks in. Reese is shouting, building to a crescendo:
Fighting to accelerate!
Shaking free from crippling weight!
With resilience unsurpassed, I clawed my way to You at last
And on my knees, I wept at Your feet
I finally believed that You still loved me
Now the last section starts. Reese is singing again. It sounds familiar… what is it? Just as the realization dawns, he’s getting to the best part:
Healing hands of God
Have mercy on our unclean souls once again
Jesus Christ, light of the world, burning bright within our hearts forever
Freedom means love without condition
Without a beginning or an end
Here’s my heart - let it be forever yours
Only you can make every new day seem so new
They played Every New Day - whoa! They embedded their best song in another song - can you even do that?! Why doesn’t every band do this?!