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 to 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 “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 rape 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 led her too far, the world of wonders quickly becomes nightmarish. Creepy puppets make their way out of the mirrors. The characters of her fairytale 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 be 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 for 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 with who they might be— that they build up this huge lie, it’s all one big distraction. For not only the on-lookers but for their self. To me, it is a selfish way to live. A great means of defense. But selfish nonetheless. I’ve been hurt by this lifestyle. Hurt… Read more »

Just Curious

Alright, I have to ask the question that no one seems to have brought up yet: WHY is the Illuminati using "Mind Control"? Mind you I think this is all a load of bullshit and arguing with idiots only makes you an idiot yourself, of course. However, just on the off chance that I am wrong and Vigilant is right (hahah), someone please tell me WHY the Illuminati is using Monarch Programming? I'll I've seen on this site is "Don't listen to this artist, they're bad and use mind control!" but no one ever really says where that's going. Does the government want everyone in the country to start eating more vegetables? Do they want to turn us into an army of soldiers to complete their tasks of world domination? I mean… it's easy enough to point out every symbol of the sun or an eye and say it's about Ra or Horus, or taking everything with a butterfly (a universal symbol for change and luck, by the way, not mind control) and saying it's a reference to Monarch Programming, or taking everything with two pillars holding up and arch (because apparently nobody realizes that the only way an arch… Read more »


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.







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 only half believe any of this, since a theory so major as this means it's more likely to be untrue or exaggerated, but the clues are apparent and do make some sense.


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 any sense.

(p.s. you've also overlooked the fact that most pop artists utilize dark imagery just to look 'cool' and to foster an aura of mystery)


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 favour of just agreeing with what someone else has written in what will forever be an open debate is baffling.


Oh wow, Vigilant. Paramore uses symbolism in ONE of their videos, and they're immediately mind controlling, and Illuminatis?

I call bull. That band is very religious.

I believe you with Jay Z, and Rihanna.

But Paramore? Really? They're good kids. Come off it.


All I am going to say is I completely agree with chainmaker, gnome & lily blake.. Although, I am only 17 years old, so probably not as educated about this topic as a lot of the people posting, but I have been doing my research for a couple months now & my whole goal was to prove this theory is false, but the more information that i found, the more I started to see how it all made sense & fitted together.. too well for it ALL to be coincidences. Whether you believe that some of the people that are in our goverment or entertainment industry worship satan or not, or maybe even if you don't Believe in satan Or God, you cannot deny that there is something shady going on. take the blindfold off your eyes! my mom worked at the capitol in sacramento, california & she worked with a lot of bad people. My mom was not the greatest person then either, she was into drugs & she did drugs with some people you wouldn't believe.. people you assume you should be able to trust.. not only that.. get this: there motto-"keep the masses stupid" Jimmay: 9/11 WAS… Read more »


Chris December 5th, 2009 1:52 pm :

… Vigilant, these articles are brilliant, but what do we have to look forward to? I’m literally asking, is there any hope? They’re slowly swallowing EVERYTHING.

Yes there is hope. There's only two sides to all this despite the overload of seemingly conflicting occult entities. There is the deception of satan that overarch's the illuminati, freemasonry and all false religions etc etc etc… and there is Jesus. The Bible is not a large book. It was designed to be understood. God knew before the foundations of time that you would be asking the question you just have and He has provided the Bible to specifically answer it for you and to tell you about the provision He has made for you.

Read a Bible and a good study guide. Make the Bible you read a King James version (or a New KJV if the thee's and thou's do your head in)



i agree wat are we suppose to do about it?


Did U know that in vampirick rituals when priests build sacred space they mention "brick by brick" in their prayer?

you can write a fair


I couldnt agree anymore!

many of you would believe anything you read, its truely sickening.

paramore using mind control? really? you all believed this so easily seems like someone is controlling your minds as

hmm.. well i guess im pretty much screwed from here ..paramore must truely have me on a tight grip for me to say I LOVE THIS BAND!!!
enjoy the video! 🙂 :-p

this shit is bananas

Somehow everything's gonna fall right into place

If we only had a way to make it all fall faster everyday

If only time flew like a dove

Well God, make it fly faster than I'm falling in love

This time we're not giving up

Let's make it last forever

Screaming "hallelujah"

We'll make it last forever



To be honest I was realy scared of this video when I watched it and it seemed realy freaky to me but I don't think that Paramore would try to do 'Mind Control' on anybody if thats what you mean but I realy don't understand anything you have said and its all balony to me but I am just a child, 11 years of age and I'm realy freaked out by this video. I don't watch the video I just listen to the song and even though I HATE the video I LOVE the song! It makes no sence!


I was on the set of this music video and I can tell you that the choice for the little girl's wings was totally her own. The costume guy had 3 sets of wings (red butterfly, pink fairy, and white fairy) and he and the director let the little girl choose. She originally chose the pink fairy wings but the straps broke so then she chose the red wings.


Hey Vigilant, take a listen to the song 'MK ULTRA' by Muse.


I used to like this band, but there f***ed up too, this is a part of the lyrics from their single "crush, crush" check them out:

They taped over your mouth

Scribbled out the truth with their lies

You little spies

sounds very strange to me

peace bros

One thing you seem to have missed is that in the mirror scene, the pattern of the butterfly wings is that of a Monarch butterfly. The butterfly on the album cover is not a Monarch.

Note: There are similarly patterned butterflies that are not Monarchs, but use the Monarch pattern. They do this for protection, since Monarch butterflies are poisonous to predators and identified by their pattern (thus untouchable). A similar phenomenon might occur in the esoteric realm — symbolic simulacra may camouflage a non-poisonous nature and by extension protect the camouflaged from those who Know.


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 this but still


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.


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?

the deceiver,, 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?


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