I'm still regularly amazed by how often I notice lyrics in songs I've been listening to for years & heard dozens of times, even with one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands.
I've known what Paramore's "Brick By Boring Brick" is about since I first heard it, but I'd never thought about it in context of who wrote it.
The song is about reality being preferable to fantasy. It's about not believing something without evidence. It's about putting in the hard work to reality instead of taking the easy route of believing a fantasy. These lyrics would have made me think Hayley Williams is an atheist if I didn't already known she was Christian.Well you built up a world of magicBecause your real life is tragicYeah you built up a world of magicIf it's not realYou can't hold it in your handYou can't feel it with your heartAnd I won't believe itBut if it's trueYou can see it with your eyesOh even in the darkAnd that's where I want to be, yeah
I've been aware that Hayley Williams was a Christian for years. But her religion has never been an issue for me, since I've never seen her use it to justify any hate or to shame anyone, and I've never noticed it in her lyrics. She doesn't necessarily wear it on her sleeve, but she does wear it on her thigh. Plus, it's not like it's an out of the ordinary thing for someone to be, especially someone from Mississippi & Tennessee.