Paramore’s “Brick by Boring Brick”: A Song about Mind Control


“Brick by Boring Brick” by the band Paramore describes the adventures of a girl in a fantasy land. The wonder quickly turns into a nightmare and the friendly creatures turn against her. What is the meaning of this video? The answer is concealed in the symbolism of the video and alludes to a disturbing practice: mind control.


I’ve been often asked if the symbolism described in my previous articles are found in music videos outside of the R&B genre I usually analyze. The answer is sadly ‘yes’ and Paramore’s Brick by Boring Brick is a stunning example. This pop-punk band, described as “emo without being whiny or bratty” primarily appeals to kids and teenagers.

They have obtained worldwide success and numerous awards for their singles crushcrushcrush and Decode. The band has been featured in numerous movies (Twilight) and video games. The newest album of the band, named Brand New Eyes, introduces to the fans symbolism they are probably not familiar with. Looking at the promotional material, readers of this site will probably recognize signs and symbols used by other pop stars as well.  To make it simple: Paramore seems to have been influenced by the Illuminati. Brick by Boring Brick steers away from the usual high school themes of the band to tackle a subject that is totally oblivious to most teenagers: mind control and, more precisely, Monarch Programming.

That Darned One Eye Symbol

As seen with  Lady Gaga, Rihanna and other artists using mind control symbolism in their videos,  Paramore has adopted the “One-Eye” symbol in their promotional pictures:





Please don’t tell me it is a coincidence.

Monarch Programming

As discussed in previous articles, Monarch Programming is a mind-control technique used mostly on children to make them dissociate from reality.

“One of the primary reasons that the Monarch mind-control programming was named Monarch programming was because of the Monarch butterfly. The Monarch butterfly learns where it was born (its roots) and it passes this knowledge via genetics on to its offspring (from generation to generation). This was one of the key animals that tipped scientists off, that knowledge can be passed genetically.


The primary important factor for the trauma-based mind-control is the ability to disassociate. It was discovered that this ability is passed genetically from generation to generation. American Indian tribes (who had traumatic ritual dances and who would wait motionless for hours when hunting), children of Fakirs in India (who would sleep on a bed of nails or walk on hot coals), children of Yogis (those skilled in Yoga, who would have total control over their body while in a trance), Tibetan Buddhists, children of Vodoun, Bizango and other groups have a good ability to disassociate.

The children of multigenerational abuse are also good at dissociation. The Illuminati families and European occultists went to India and Tibet to study occultism and eastern philosophy. These Europeans learned yoga, tantric yoga, meditations, and trances and other methods to disassociate. These skills are passed on to their children via genetics. A test is run when the children are about 18 months old to determine if they can dissociate enough to be selected for programming or not.”

-The Illuminati Formula Used to Create an Undetectable Total Mind Controlled Slave

Mind Control Victim, 1961

During sexual abuse, electroshock therapy and all kinds of sadistic tortures, mind control slaves are encouraged to dissociate from reality and to go to “a happy place”. The use of fairy tale imagery is used to reinforce programming and to create an alternate reality. The victim’s brain, in self-preservation mode, creates a new persona (an “alter”) as a defense mechanism to the abuse. The blurring of the lines between reality and fantasy makes the slave totally oblivious of his/her true state.

Paramore’s latest album is called “Brand New Eyes”, which has obvious mind control/Illuminati connotations. The cover features a pinned butterfly with its wings separated from its body … symbolic indeed.


Brick by Boring Brick

Paramore’s song is, at face value, about a girl escaping her problems and acting childish only to realize that it makes things worse. Behind this first degree meaning, lies a second layer of interpretation: the song describes, in chilling detail, the reality of a mind-control slave. The video manages to assemble all of the symbolism usually associated with Monarch Programming in about three minutes, leaving no doubt concerning this secondary meaning of the song.


Right from the start of the video, the subject matter of the song is made very clear. The setting is totally unreal and synthetically created.  A little girl, apparently a child version of the singer Hayley, runs towards a strange world, bearing monarch butterfly wings on her back, symbolizing that she is a Monarch slave. She almost reluctantly enters a symbolic gateway, representing the start of her dissociative state. The door violently shuts down behind her, which hints the viewers to the fact that this wonderland is forcibly induced on the child. The lyrics of the first verse describe the reality of the slave.

Well she lives in the fairy tale
Somewhere too far for us to find
Forgotten the taste and smell
Of a world that she’s left behind

It’s all about the exposure the lens I told her

The angles are all wrong now
She’s ripping wings off of butterflies

The girl lives in a “fairy tale”, which is her dissociative mind state. It is “too far for us to find” due to the fact that this world can only be found in the confines of her consciousness. The slave has been removed from her family and the real world to live in a confined environment. She has “forgotten the taste and smell” of the the “real world” she has left behind. She lives in a prison for kids, a human rat laboratory and she is constantly manipulated by her handlers. All of her senses are subject to constant pressure and pain and her perception of reality is completely distorted: “The angles are all wrong now“. She is a Monarch slave and is thus “ripping wings off of butterflies“.

Keep your feet on the ground
When your head’s in the clouds

The dissociative state experienced by Monarch slaves is often described as a sensation of weightlessness. While her feet are on the ground, her consciousness is in an alternate reality or “in the clouds“.


The girl in the video walks around this strange world filled with fairy tale characters which are reminiscent of those found in Alice in Wonderland or the Wizard of Oz, the stories most commonly associated with mind control. The blurriness of the scenes and the presence of mushrooms in the background refer to the use of hallucinogenic drugs during Monarch Programming.


The girl enters a castle, representing her inner consciousness. Mirrors, reflections and the girl’s multiplication symbolize the girl’s fragmented/compartmentalized mind state.


The girl stands still while an independent, alternate personality, looking back at her through the mirror brushes her hair. Mirrors and castles are triggers that are often used in Monarch Programming.

“The premise of trauma-based mind control (a version of which was known as the MK Ultra program) is to compartmentalize the brain, and then use techniques to access the different sections of the brain while the subject is hypnotized. Entire systems can be embedded into a person’s mind, each with its own theme, access codes and trigger words. Some of the most common and popular symbolisms and themes in use are Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz, mirrors, porcelain/harlequin masks, the phoenix/phoenix rising, rainbows, butterflies, owls, keys, carousels, puppets/marionettes and dolls,willow trees, tornadoes, spirals/helixes, castles, rings, hallways and doors, elevators and stairs.”

The second verse of the song describes a disturbing reality of Monarch slaves.

So one day he found her crying
Coiled up on the dirty ground
Her prince finally came to save her
And the rest you can figure out
But it was a trick
And the clock struck 12

This is the picture painted by this verse: the slave’s handler enters her “cell”, where she is coiled up and deeply traumatized. The floor is dirty. It has been documented that victims of mind control are forced to live rooms littered with feces (I can’t make this stuff up). Her “prince”, who is in fact her handler, comes in to “save her from her pain”. Handlers are often portrayed as the slave’s savior, who will guide them through traumatic events. The line “And the rest you can figure out” alludes to the worst: the “prince” came to r**e her. It was a trick, he was not a prince,  only a sadistic handler furthering the girl’s trauma with sexual abuse. During those repeated assaults, the slaves are forced to dissociate from reality. The lyrics of the song’s bridge aptly define this concept.

Well you built up a world of magic
Because your real life is tragic
Yeah you built up a world of magic

She has built, brick by brick, a wall in her consciousness that dissociates her from reality. She escapes into a world of magic due to the extreme trauma she has to live through on a daily basis.

The Awakening


Probably because the girl’s curiosity concerning her own mind has lead her too far, the world of wonders quickly becomes nightmarish. Creepy puppets make their way out of the mirrors. The characters of her fairy tale world suddenly become terrifying. An evil-looking character, dressed as a thief holding an ax, approaches her. Is she being reprimanded by her handlers for “not following the script” of her programming? The girl is understandably freaked out and runs away. The lyrics explain this difference between reality and fiction.

If it’s not real
You can’t hold it in your hand
You can’t feel it with your heart
And I won’t believe it

But if it’s true
You can see it with your eyes
Or even in the dark
And that’s where I want to be, yeah


The girl runs out of the castle and falls into the grave dug by … Paramore? That is not really cool of them. Hayley gets up, throws the girl’s doll into the grave and they start burying her. At face value, this can interpreted as the burial of the “young irresponsible girl” living in a fairy tale. On a second level, this can be seen as the burial of the innocence of a child after experiencing traumatic events.

If you have keen eyes, you can notice a white rabbit inside the hole. Is it the white rabbit of Alice in Wonderland? As Morpheus says in the Matrix:

“You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. “

Whatever the meaning one attributes to the burial, the message of the video is not to sympathetic to the girl’s quest of self-knowledge and emancipation. Seems like they’re saying “This is what you get for trying to know your real self”.


In Conclusion

After viewing the video a couple of times, I asked myself if the song was actually a denunciation of mind-control practices … maybe it was trying to inform and warn people on the subject. So I visited some Paramore-related sites and forums to see if the song had sparked discussions concerning its deeper meaning. I quickly came back to the reality of things: Young people listen to this music and they have absolutely NO IDEA what’s going on. About 97% of educated adults are totally unaware of the existence of mind control (let alone its symbolism), so to expect high schoolers know about this is totally absurd. Here are some actual comments from fans about this song: “I luv the Badabada part!“, “Hayley looks great in blonde!“or “I don’t like the burying part!“.

So with that in mind I keep asking myself: Why do we use symbolism and triggers associated with mind control in videos aimed at the young people? They are totally oblivious to the reality of Monarch programming, so why do we expose them to it? After realizing that the group has adopted some of the Illuminati symbolism discussed in previous articles, the answer became very clear: They are part of the System, with a capital “S”. This System hypnotically conditions people to accept mind control as part of their daily lives and the trend is becoming increasingly apparent. I can already hear the naysayers saying “nay” to everything and finding ways to rationalize everything that has been discussed here. Maybe they should ponder on those words:

“Even as he dances to the tune of the elite managers of human behavior, the modern man scoffs with a great derision at the idea of the existence and operation of a technology of mass mind control emanating from media and government. Modern man is much too smart to believe anything as superstitious as that!

Modern man is the ideal hypnotic subject: puffed up on the idea that he is the crown of creation, he vehemently denies the power of the hypnotist’s control over him as his head bobs up and down on a string.”
-Michael A. Hoffman II, Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare


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I just figured I should add this, and show you guys that not everything is demonic and satanic. Frontwoman Hayley Williams talked to Kerrang! about the meaning of the song. "This song is about people who cover up their reality with frills and make out like they're living a fantasy life. It's one thing to have goals and dreams but it's another thing when you never know where you're standing in the real world. People can be hurt by that." In the deluxe version of Brand New Eyes, Hayley Williams wrote in the booklet, “I believe it’s important to stay young at heart. To have faith in what might seem impossible and to have goals beyond your current ambitions or temporary means. However, there is a huge difference, to me anyways, between acknowledging your dreams and never living in reality. Some people are so scared of being boring— so insecure… Read more »
@Laz I thought about this too. But the thing is is that the audience wouldn't read beyond the first level of meaning. They wouldn't associate this with the Illuminati whatsoever. Hell, most of them probably have no awareness of such a practice in the first place. So with that said, they can safely conjure these highly metaphorical symbols without any suspicion. Now, as for why they would even reveal themselves in any way, I think the reason is twofold. One, it's to allow them to be the Illuminati in the public eye without any sort of scrutiny. People look into Lady Gaga and Rhianna's radical changes in imagery as style, not conspiracy, and so now the Illuminati can safely act in the spotlight under the same guise. Also, it's as simple as desensitizing people and having them fall under the Illuminati agenda without them ever being aware of it. I… Read more »
Omg are your serious im well13 and wow i was oblivious to the fact i didn't really know about that or anything dam not Paramore that's a disappointment. So in every way i frighten by the fact. I was curious about what it meant of course but it was always the ending that caught me off guard it just didn't get the part but like i said before i was oblivious. i had thought it meant that the girl thought that everything was a pretty fairytale and then she find out about the horrible truth about life how there freaks and stuff and a fairytale can be very scary. And she died thinking of that but seriously i never believed that I'm so mot a moron it didn't add up guess i was always right? thank you for the wake up call But still i love paramore i don't like… Read more »

The time has finally come everything that was foretold has happened . I probably sound like some crazy jackass but its true if you know the first thing about Dajjal /anti-Christ then it fits in so well that its almost ridiculously obvious. The eye of Horus is a major symbol of that and the pyramid eye but don't take my word for it just wait around and see for yourselves but don't a mindless victim of the brain washing media paving the way for mankind's very enemy.


im 16

im emo, not the bartty depressed kind

i love this song, and i had some speculations on the video so i was clear then i Googled it and came accross this site which confirmed my suspicions im also A HUGE FAN OF LADY GAGA, i am really glad u take time to analyze these videos, it doesnt stop me from listening to their music and i helps me to be more conscious of what im listening too and what the intent of the song and video truly is, keep up the good work and i hope people become more conscious of what their listening too and the true meaning of it.





in my point of view when they buried her…it's like that shes buring the past….or trying to forgett, consciously or not ^^ very constructibel acticle^^ 5*

Man i hate this videoclip it makes me angry somehow, well its creepy and deep at the same time and maybe because of the fact of the little girl falling in that hole. But also something that made me curious that in the very ending the girl as grown up walks back in direction of the there any meaning?,, and and jesuits.Do not trust wikipedia or the links on wikicompany articles.Good luck.

I have 3 questions…

1. Why are they all doing this for? what's the goal? if we teenagers have absolutely no idea of hidden meanings and stuff like that, why would they even bother putting those stuff on videos?

2. What kind of music should I Iisten to now? I mean, I was such a fan of Lady GaGa…is it bad to still listen to her music?…Now that I know this, what should I do? :S

3. I'm from Panamá, my first language is Spanish. Do you think all those hidden messages in songs will get to people even if they don't speak English? Is it gonna be like a World Domination thing or what?

you're saying that the Illuminati fund a band and implant subliminal messages in the video. fine… now, why would they create a video that exposes practices that you'd think they'd be pretty keen to keep quiet about ? remember… this is a video in which they could use any kind of imagery to brainwash and influence the viewer, yet you're saying they choose to drop loads of clues about monarch programming (in this video) and in other videos they simply drop as many of their (not so secret anymore) symbols as possible, usually with a far vaguer message, but presumably just as an in joke between themselves. so Vigilant Citizen, why would a powerful elite go to great trouble and expense to try and expose themselves via pop-pawns to the public, when they could remain hidden and really try to manipulate us invisibly ? sorry, but your reasoning doesn't make… Read more »

i laughed. but really, if this is true, then i would honestly rather think what they want me to think.

i dont get that whole one eye sybol thing youre tallking.

she only covers her eye in two pictures.

as my personal opinion, i think people look into things way too hard.

lol no prob Skye!

Theres what is really going on and then there is stretching the truth and it becomes twisted so all i say is that you have got to be careful what you read and where the informations from.

Paramore are Christians. They are not a part of the Illuminati, or mind control.

They wouldn't need mind control cause just about everyone loves their music. =}

While I agree with, or at least understand, the theory that this song is about mind control, you do force a few of the meanings into the song. "The prince raped her" is quite far-fetched and totally out of nowhere. The song does say it was a trick, but nowhere does it imply the trick was even implemented by the "Prince". In fact, the wording seems to support that the "trick" were just her own delusions. Also, 97% of adults? Where'd that number come from? Now I'm very much in agreement with that final quote of yours, and definitely can believe a conspiracy like this (Especially as an avid fan of George Orwell), but in order to make yourself a little more credible, you have to stop forcing some of this material in there. I've seen in other articles too. The message can be spread without jamming inappropriate or simply… Read more »

@ Maddie If Vigilant likes fishticks… well, that would make him a gayfish.


Also, like some people have said, you should research the band before stating your argument.

I feel like you may have went in depth more than you should. What your saying makes sense and relates quite well, but I don't think that's what the band intended it to mean. Here's a quote I found from the lead singer, Hayley: "This song is about people who cover up their reality with frills and make out like they're living a fantasy life. It's one thing to have goals and dreams but it's another thing when you never know where you're standing in the real world. People can be hurt by that." In the deluxe album booklet, she wrote: “I believe it’s important to stay young at heart. To have faith in what might seem impossible and to have goals beyond your current ambitions or temporary means. However, there is a huge difference, to me anyways, between acknowledging your dreams and never living in reality. Some people are… Read more »

Im actually a high-schooler and since the first time i saw the video i knew that it was related to mind control, i've been doing research about song meanings and I found it very interesting

Hayley Williams explained to Kerrang! magazine that, “this song is about people who cover up their reality with frills and make out like they’re living a fantasy life. It’s one thing to have goals and dreams but it’s another thing when you never know where you’re standing in the real world. People can be hurt by that.” She also added: “Brick By Boring Brick is about not accepting reality and understanding that you don’t have to make everything frilly or pretty-sounding for it to be interesting. Life doesn’t have to be some grand production, and some of the boring parts of being alive are actually the greatest. The song is about breaking down those walls and finding out that the centre of it is what really matters.””

(Source Brick by Boring Brick Songfacts).

aww : ( watda : (but y paramore ? i can't believe itt : ( awchiiee !! im a paramore fan but really can't believe dat ? should i believe you the " owner " of the vigilant citizen ? : (

all u ppl r blind ok with the negative comments when we approach the end of times n u c the whole world is entirely corrupt u will rem everything u said n how u didnt believe but its ok God said many are called but few r chosen so go ahead dont take heed just rem someone made U!n then your creator will come to judge n when he says to “depart from me i never knew you”i hope u have a good save altho it wont work.just be aware please read your bible you will understand what this person is trying to tell us.

this is amazing, i was actually very curious to the meaning of this song, and you've broken it up piece by piece and helped me to understand. There are alot of different pieces of "analyzised" work on this song, but all just seem so shallow, whereas you've completely scanned through the song. Such a dark meaning, who would of thought through just listening to a catchy song…

The thing I find most amusing about all of this is that while the author attacks mind control, most of the people who read this blogs are puppets of the author. Comments such as "Now I have another thing to delete off my iPod" show that while people are trying to rebel against mind control, they're not strong enough to do so, as they're ultimately being controlled by someone anyway. In this instance, it just so happens to be the author of the article in most cases. I should also mention that taking what the author has written for gospel is amazingly ignorant. The written word, whether it be lyrics from a song, a novel or even a magazine article, can have many meanings, and each person my interpret it differently. The fact that people are willing to abandon their own ideas of what the lyrics of song means in… Read more »

You're an idiot, Vaginalint. Why do you want to scare and confuse people like that? So you can get more hits on your retarded website? Gimme a break here.