Despite all my rage
I am still just a rat in a cage
Despite all my rage
I am still just a rat in a cage

from Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Billy is a “revolutionary”, a “punk” to society, with a lot of rage. Like a little child in his rage-phase, but he stays trapped inside the system, his mind, body, conditions and beliefs.

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