GREATEST SONGS EVER WRITTEN: Smashing Pumpkins, Young Rascals

“BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS”    SMASHING PUMPKINS

Bullet_with_Butterfly_WingsEver feel like you’re caught in a rut? Billy Corgan’s lyrics on their 90’s alt-rock anthem, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” captured the mood perfectly. “Despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage.” The lyrics describe how the world can suck us dry like a vampire. Broken, dysfunctional, and stuck in the futility, yet Billy’s lyrics are a call to arms to break free from the monotony.

The world is a vampire, sent to drain
Secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames
And what do I get, for my pain?
Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game
Even though I know — I suppose I’ll show
All my cool and cold-like old job
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage
Then someone will say what is lost can never be saved
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage
Now I’m naked, nothing but an animal
But can you fake it, for just one more show
And what do you want, I want to change
And what have you got
When you feel the same
Even though I know–I suppose I’ll show
All my cool and cold–like old job
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage

Then someone will say what is lost can never be saved
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage
Tell me I’m the only one
Tell me there’s no other one
Jesus was an only son
Tell me I’m the chosen one
Jesus was an only son for you
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage
And I still believe that I cannot be saved


“GROOVIN”    YOUNG RASCALS

groovinListen to a song like “Groovin” and it feels like a warm bear hug from a best friend. What a perfect summer song to make you smile and appreciate the beauty of the world around us! Like the song describes, doesn’t matter if you’re on a crowded street, “the world is ours when we’re together”. As relaxing as a Sunday morning with nothing to do but enjoy life, laugh, and spend the day forgetting about all of your problems.

Groovin’,on a Sunday afternoon,
Really couldn’t get away too soon
I can’t imagine anything that’s better
The world is ours whenever we’re together
There ain’t a place I’d like to be instead of.

Groovin’,down a crowded avenue
Doin’ anything we like to do
There’s always lots of things that we can see
We can be anyone we like to be
And all those happy people we could meet just.

Groovin’,on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn’t get away too soon

We’ll keep on spending sunny days this way
We’re gonna talk and laugh our time away
I feel it comin’ closer day by day
Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly.

3 comments

  1. I’m jealous, I never saw them live but they’re on my wish list for sure! When did you see them?

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