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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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    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 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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    UnregisteredMay 8, 2012 at 2:51 am
    The song is all about the cycle that school systems and the government put today's youth through that makes us conform to society
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    UnregisteredApr 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm
    The boxes might look the same to other living things (lets just say aliens) but we are all different so we are differnt colours. The aliens look at us and think they all go to university and come out with differnt jobs but they are just the same. The message is we are not all the same others might think we are but we are not!!!

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