Billy Corgan wrote the song's chorus the same day that the band recorded their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide
" at the BBC. He recalled to Kerrang
"I was sitting there bored out of my mind (the producers) were dicking around with some microphone, and I had this line in my head, 'Despite all my rage. I'm still just a rat in a cage.' I was just sitting there, bored, and I picked up the guitar and I started singing. But what if the guy had been like, 'Ooh we're ready!'? People don't appreciate that there's a thing that needs to happen. The stars need to align."