Bam! I'm tempted to leave it at that, but I'm not going to (duh!) You can tell right from the offset that this is going to be an ear-splitter, it cuts in with that tape-start kind of sounds, a hint of feedback, then right in to an really low and heavy riff.
Then Billy gets going. The lyrics are eq'd up to the highest frequencies, giving an even sharper edge to ridiculous lines like "cause you're all whores, and i'm a fag, and i've got no mother, and i've got no dad." I mean, damn.
I guess, having said that the song is the heaviest, I'm having trouble writing about it now. I guess because it's so biting and heavy on all outer levels that it's pretty redundant to note that it's heavy. It would be interesting to try to make a point about the song's pretty parts, peeling the downer-onion-skins to reveal a kind-hearted gem. But just like the vocals are stripped of their low-end, I don't think there's much more to this song than the bite.
That said, there are two tiny parts that contain glimmers. It's implied that Billy has had hope or even has hope, just that everything has worked so hard against him that they don't even matter to him anymore. Also, at one time, Billy tried to be more than what he is, but was equally stepped on. The Earth is Hope, and it is Scorched? Sure.
Songs like this benefit from the almost playful tone the Mellon Collie cover art has. The typeface that spells out "tales of a scorched earth" is so jovial that you don't even notice what the song is called, much less expect something so violent.