Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Little Boxes

You never know what song might pop into your mind at any time. Today, as I was about to step into the shower, I was picturing my community from above and recalled the song, Little Boxes, by Malvina Reynolds. She wrote the song as she was riding south from San Francisco and saw the neat rows of tract homes in Daly City. It could have been any suburban tract at the time.

The song was a hit for folksinger Pete Seeger in 1963, and entered the public consciousness as part of the 1960's revolt against conformity. It's been recorded by other folks more recently, including Death Cab for Cutie.

...and they're all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same..."

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