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Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
There's a pink one and a green 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 pink one and a green 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.



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    UnregisteredAug 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    The meaning to this song is rather obvious. It's a scathing critique of suburban society pointing out the destruction of individuality via the illusion of freedom.
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    UnregisteredMay 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm
    The song is about the model of society that we are all expected to conform to. In this we are not individuals, but little robots that keep the economy going.
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    UnregisteredJul 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    It means that everyone thinks that you have to live and look a certain way but not have your own type of life.
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    UnregisteredMay 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    It is just about everybody having their lives' the same, houses' the same, and everything else. Very tacky the more we try to be different.
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    UnregisteredMay 20, 2012 at 2:33 am
    Malvina reynolds’ nickname was the ‘poetess of protest’ and she wrote the song as a political satire, referring to suburban development and the conformist attitudes that went with it, the new houses being the ‘little boxes, all the same’ and the general changes to the way of life at the time.

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