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She lives in a fairy tale
Somewhere too far for us to find
Forgotten the taste and smell
Of the world that she's left behind
It's all about the exposure the lens I told her
The angles were all wrong now
She's ripping wings off of butterflies

Keep your feet on the ground
When your head's in the clouds
Well go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole
To bury the castle, bury the castle
Go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole
To bury the castle, bury the castle
Ba da ba ba da ba ba ha

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 twelve
Well make sure to build your house brick by boring brick
Or the wolf's gonna blow it down

Keep your feet on the ground
When your head's in the clouds
Well go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole
To bury the castle, bury the castle
Go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole
We'll bury the castle, bury the castle

Well you built up a world of magic
Because your real life is tragic
Yeah you built up a world of magic
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
Oh, even in the dark
And that's where I want to be, yeah

Go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole
To bury the castle, bury the castle
Go get your shovel
And we'll dig a deep hole
To bury the castle, bury the castle

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Brick By Boring Brick on Wikipedia
"Brick by Boring Brick"
Single by Paramore
from the album Brand New Eyes
ReleasedNovember 23, 2009
Format7" vinyl, digital download
GenreAlternative rock, pop punk
LabelFueled by Ramen
Writer(s)Hayley Williams, Josh Farro
Paramore singles chronology

"Brick by Boring Brick" is a song by American rock band Paramore, and the second single from their third album Brand New Eyes. "Brick by Boring Brick" was also featured in The Vampire Diaries episode "Under Control" that aired on April 15, 2010. In terms of airplay, it is one of the album's successful singles, including the song "The Only Exception."


The song received a positive review from Alex Fletcher of Digital Spy, who gave the song 4 stars out of 5. He said the song is "infectious, deliciously dark ('Well go get your shovel, and we'll dig a deep hole'), and packed with more energy than a Jedward dance routine – Williams sounds downright tremendous leading the 'ba-ba-ba' climax – this should provide a welcome edge at the top end of the charts".[1] Rolling Stone stated that "Brick by Boring Brick" was able to "weave unexpected Smashing Pumpkins-style sonics into the mix."[2] The song received a positive review from Vicki Lutas of the BBC, who awarded the song 5 out of 5 stars. She said that the song is "hair-raisingly BRILLIANT" and said "Listening to the lyrics is like entering a world where sandcastles aren't built, but buried, a world where the baddie is not the wolf, but reality... and in this world, things are dark, but they're very real. There's a sense of longing; longing for those fairy tales and longing for innocence, but it's coupled with a sense of realization that this will never happen."[3]

Music video

The music video for "Brick by Boring Brick" was filmed in Los Angeles on October 8, 2009.[4][5] It was co-directed by Meiert Avis and Chris LeDoux (New Found Glory, U2).[6] The video depicts a young girl (Harley Graham) with butterfly wings exploring a surreal landscape, while Hayley sings the song near a large ditch which guitarist Josh Farro is digging. Eventually the little girl's fantasy world becomes dark and frightening, with the character she was friends with before now turning into dark and sinister creatures, and she runs to escape, picking up her doll, emerging into the sunlight and falling into the ditch by where Hayley is singing. Hayley stands up and throws the girl's doll in after her, and Josh (out of the shot) throws the first shovelful of earth into the ditch.[citation needed]

In an interview with MTV, bassist Jeremy Davis explained that the band had created a treatment for the video before receiving further ideas from several directors. The video is Paramore's first to not be performance based and some of the members of the band are only seen for a short period of time. It is their first video to be filmed in front of green screen, and to have "a whole story behind it", with acting. Guitarist Josh Farro likened the video to the 2006 Spanish fantasy film Pan's Labyrinth.[4] It was originally set to premiere on November 17 on The Hills, but was later postponed.[7] The video was eventually released on on November 23.[8]

Some have noted that the video alludes to Monarch Programming Project MKULTRA, a form a mind control. "The Vigilant Citizen" proposes a dark possible meaning to the song:

"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“. "

Several symbols linked to mind control are seen in the video, the Monarch wings on the girl's back, a White Rabbit in the grave, characters from Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz sitting on mushrooms (perhaps alluding to hallucinogenic drugs), and alternate personalities (as seen through the mirror). Neither the band as a whole nor any of its members have made any statements supporting this theory.

Live performances

The track has been performed by Paramore on many occasions. The band's first performance of the song was in July 2009. Paramore performed a live version of "Brick By Boring Brick" for MTV Unplugged.[9] It was also performed at the Ulalume Festival.

The song was performed as the last song on the band's Fall tour in October to December 2009. At the end of the song, the support groups would join the band on stage.

The band performed the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on the April 29, 2010.


  1. ^ Released on Monday, November 23, 2009 (2009-11-23). "Music - Singles Review - Paramore: 'Brick By Boring Brick'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  2. ^ Diehl, Matt (2009-05-28), "Paramore Move Beyond Pop Punk With 'Riot!' Follow-Up", Rolling Stone: 19 
  3. ^ Vicki (2009-11-22). "Chart Blog: Paramore - 'Brick By Boring Brick'". BBC. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  4. ^ a b Montgomery, James. "Paramore Reveal Secrets Of 'Brick By Boring Brick' Video". MTV. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / Hayley Williams: Sh sh shootin a video!!! (". 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  6. ^ "Paramore announce "Brick by Boring Brick" second single". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  7. ^ "'Brick By Boring Brick' Video Premiere - Blog Detail". 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  8. ^ "The 'Brick By Boring Brick' Video Has Arrived! - Blog Detail". 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  9. ^ "Paramore - "Brick By Boring Brick (Live)"". MTV. Viacom. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  10. ^ "Brick by Boring Brick" vinyl at Paramore's Webstore.
  11. ^ "ARIA Report Issue 1038 – January 18, 2010". ARIA Charts. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  12. ^ "New Zealand Singles Chart: Chart #1698". RIANZ. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  13. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart for the week ending 2009-12-19". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (434): 2. 
  14. ^ "2010 Top 40 Rock & Metal Singles Archive: 23rd January 2010". The Official Charts Company. 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  15. ^ a b

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