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Bullet with Butterfly Wings

"Believe it or not, the original riff from this song came to me during one of the Siamese Dream recording sessions. Somewhere, I have a tape of us from 1993 endlessly playing the 'world is a vampire' part over and over. But it wasn't until a year and a half later that I finished the song, writing the 'rat in the cage' part on an acoustic guitar at the BBC studios in London on the same day that 'Landslide' was recorded." -BC (Guitar World 1/97)

 

Lyrics

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

Alt. Titles/Lyrics

Bullet with Butterfly Wings   (gravity demo)
Bullet with Butterfly Wings   (acoustic demo)

  Studio

Dec 1992 - Mar 1993 - Triclops Sound Studios
Fall 1994 - Sadlands (Billy's house)
Mar - Aug 1995 - Chicago Recording Company
31 May 1995 - Chicago Recording Company (Sequence IV)
Aug 1995 - Village Recorder
1994 - Gravity Studios
Nov 1994 - Pumpkinland

Availability

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (x3)   (buy [amazon.com])
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
1979   (buy [amazon.com])
The Aeroplane Flies High (x3)   (buy [amazon.com])
Adore   (buy [amazon.com])
Greatest Hits (Rotten Apples)   (buy [amazon.com])
Rarities and B-Sides   (buy [amazon.com])
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (promo)
Live in Chicago (promo)
La Saga Racontee Par Max, De Fun Radio (promo)
Bullet With Butterfly Wings (promo)
1979 (promo)
(Promotional Music Video Tapes) (promo)
The Smashing Pumpkins 1991-1998 (promo)
7 Track Machina Promo - Unnamed (promo)   (buy [amazon.com])
Retail Reel & Tour Dates
Bullet With Butterfly Wings (x2)
As Featured on MTV
Greatest Hits Video Collection: 1991-2000   (buy [amazon.com])
The Videos (promo)
Free Tibet   (buy [amazon.com])
Oceania 3D in NYC   (buy [amazon.com])
A Gothic Industrial Tribute to the Smashing Pumpkins   (buy [amazon.com])
Midnight In The Patch : Tribute to the Smashing Pumpkins   (buy [amazon.com])
A Very Special Tribute to Smashing Pumpkins   (buy [amazon.com])
Guitar Tribute to the Smashing Pumpkins   (buy [amazon.com])
Karaoke in the Style of Smashing Pumpkins (x2)   (buy [amazon.com])
Albanopumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Power
SKINLAB: Nerve Damage   (buy [amazon.com])
U2: Vertigo 2005 // U2 Live From Chicago   (buy [amazon.com])
Rocksmith 2014   (buy [amazon.com])

17 Seconds
1997
Acoustic Melon Songs
Acousticollie And The Infinite Outtakes (x2)
Adoration
The Aeroplane Flies High
The Aeroplane Flies Underground
Another 17 Seconds
Atomic Energy
Beautiful As The Sun
Benefit With Beautiful People
The Berlin Bullet
Billy's Gravity Demos I
Billy's Home Demos
Billy The Kid
Blackout
Brixton
Brixton
Butterfly Wings
California Nightmare
Children of Gotham
Dawn
Demos & Outtakes From Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
Despite All Our Rage, We're Just Like Rats In A Cage
Double Door
Dusk
Electronic Overload
Enough Power To Play
Enter Adore
Exit Mellon Collie
Exit Under Burning Skies
Festive (x2)
Fish Jam
Freedom!
The GM Place
Happy Halloween
In The Belly Of The Beast (x3)
Kick Start 96
Knock on Wood (x2)
Live At Reading '95
Live in Chicago 95
Live in Hamburg
Live in Tokyo
MCIS Demos I
MCIS Demos II
MCIS Demos III
Mellon Collie at the Max
The Mellon Collie Demos
Mellow, Jolly And The Infinite Madness
New Songs - Smashing Pumpkins Live At The Riviera
Radio Love Transmission
Reading Festival 1995
Redrum
Rockin' You Like A Hurricane (x2)
Rocknight
Sad Thoughts - Live Sounds
The Second To Last Gig Ever!
Secret Destroyers
Secret Gig
Secrets Of Your Dreams
Sequence IV
Shoot Out The Lights
SlapHead's Revenge (x2)
Sorrow and Pity
Squashed Zucchini
Starlight
Thank You For Participating
There Is No God
Tivoli
Transmission
Tune in, Turn On, Rawk Out (x4)
Turpentine Kisses (x2)
Turtles on Drugs
Twilight - (Moonraker) (x2)
Twilight (x2)
Vast Oceans
Vredenburg 2000
Wanna Go For A Ride
(We Salute You) Naked Man
The World Is A Vampire - (Diverse)
The World Is A Vampire - (Oxygen)
Wrapped Up In The Pleasures Of The World
Zero Gravity

total: 133 (37 official releases, 96 boots)

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