Sunday, May 15, 2011

Little Boxes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEvEEcc9iC8&feature=related

Another poem by Malvina Reynolds, copyright 1962 Shroeder Music Company, renewed 1990,inspired by what she saw on the hillside while driving to La Honda, California, from her home in Berkeley. It soon became a hit song for Pete Seeger. Many, many years later it was reborn as the theme song for the TV show "Weeds" and is sung in the link above by the marvelous Regina Spektor.

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 lawyers,
And business 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 are 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.




1 comment:

Jane Singleton Paul said...

Wow. This poem says so much in so few words.
I find it to be more shocking and more powerful than pictures of housing developments from the post-war era…
The same kind of mindless "development" continues to this day.