Hail to the Thief (2003)
This album was the first one that I got to experience as a fan. Jeff Gabhart and I drove down Sioux Falls to buy it. I got the Special Edition, and he got the regular edition. We listened to it the whole way back, but the results were anti-climatic for two reasons: one) I didn’t end up liking this album as much as previous ones, and two) the entire thing had been leaked months previously. As such, there were few surprises except on this song. At the end, I Will cross-fades into the song that comes after it. It might seem dumb to you, but I swear that both Jeff and I said, “Woah,” at the exact same time upon hearing it. And then I found $20.
Notable lyrics: With wild elephants / sitting ducks / I will / rise up