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Little Boxes

  • (Malvina Reynolds)

    Little boxes on the hillside
    Little boxes made of ticky-tacky
    Little boxes on the hillside
    Little boxes all the same
    There's a green one and a pink one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same

    And the people in the houses
    All went to the university
    Where they were put in boxes
    And they came out all the same
    And there's doctors and there's lawyers
    And A. E. C. executives
    And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same

    And they all play on the golf course
    And drink their martinis dry
    And they all have pretty children
    And the children go to school
    And the children go to summer camp
    And then to the university
    Where they're all put in boxes
    And they come out all the same

    And the boys go into business
    And marry and raise a family
    In boxes made of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same
    There's a green one and a pink one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1967:] If Little Boxes and The red flag are folk songs, we need a new term to describe The outlandish knight, Searching for lambs and The coal-owner and the pitman's wife. (Lloyd, England 385)

  • [1984:] [This] makes its satirical point so subtly that it is often missed completely and the song is regarded as a pretty children's piece frequently appearing in kiddies' request programmes on the radio. (Notes Spinners, 'Last Night We Had A Do')

  • [1989:] This somewhat snooty song about identical-looking suburban houses 'made of ticky-tacky', and their identically brainwashed owners, was a favourite with folk audiences and with singers like Pete Seeger [in the mid-Sixties]. (Denselow, Music 67)

  • [1992:] [Reynolds] made up Little Boxes [in 1961] when she was driving to Palo Alto to sing for the P.T.A. Driving past Dale City south of San Francisco, she looked up at the hill-side, and said to her husband, "Bud, take the wheel. I feel a song coming on." When she got to Palo Alto, she had the song ready to sing. (Seeger, Flowers 107)

  • [1974:] Malvina Reynolds charakterisiert die amerikanische Gesellschaft, [in der] alle nach einer Form erzogen werden. Zwar unterscheiden sich die Leute äußerlich [...] aber ihre Normen und Werte gleichen sich. (Liederbuch 87)

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