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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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    UnregisteredToday at 5:09 pm
    This song came out in the 1950's. What had occurred immediately after WWII many of the returning GI's wanted to marry, raise a family, and own their own home. The government made that possible for the soldiers. This country had just got out of the Great Depreson, and without the government's help, many families could never have been able to get a loan. With government's help they now could. To satisfy this sudden demand, many homes were built quickly. They tended to look the same because each family could only afford the same amount due to the government, and the same home contactor built many of these home at once on one piece of land. Thus, we get the words "little boxes, little boxes" "then they're all made out of ticky-tacky (they were very cheaply made) .....
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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 1:18 pm
    The song is a political satire about the development of suburbia and associated conformist middle-class attitudes. It refers to suburban tract housing as "little boxes" of different colors "all made out of ticky-tacky", and which "all look just the same. " "ticky-tacky" is a reference to the shoddy material used in the construction of housing of that time. ( wiki )

    Yes i agree, we are all made to conform and to be conditioned by what the government want us to learn/know and how to go about life, go to nschool/uni get a good job so you can be trapped in the rat race of life... Being sucked into the ads we see.. You need this new car, new phone/clothes house etc... So then we work more to get these things... And thats just what they are, things... Most of which we dont really need. This song has recently spurre4d on our dream to go and move abroad and live self sufficiantly in a caravan, living off the land/off grid... Simple, no stress with work, getting our power from solar energy and collecting eggs etc, and not being swallowed up by the british propaganda. Go and do it people, dont let money run your life, its all a big con to keep the people dumbed down. And i cant wait ! :-) x

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