Little Boxes Pete Seeger

The song "Little Boxes" by Pete Seeger is about the conformity of people in the 1960s. The song was written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 but, Pete Seeger made it a hit in 1963. Another famous song Pete Seeger sang is "This Land is Our Land".

Meaning of the lyrics: "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" The first line refers to all the men getting jobs in business because there were less farmers in the 1960s. The next line is talking about how people were expected to get married and have kids and the father was supposed to support his family. When he sings boxes it means houses and how when they built houses they all looked the same because, it was easier to build all the same thing which, also applies to the next line.

This song and its lyrics refers to how so many people lived the same way and conformed. During the time this song was released was when the suburbs started. Homes were like puzzles in the sense that they were put together in pieces. Since the homes were in mold, to make building easier and faster, they all looked the same.

This song was released around the time of the baby boom when America was very prosperous.

The song is showing how boring conformity is by comparing it to boxes and saying everyone comes from the same box and we're all the same. This song wants people to go against conformity and be themselves.


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