It was released in 1963.
"Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes made of ticky tacky Little boxes
Little boxes Little boxes all the same
There's a green one and a pink 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 go to the university
And they all get put in boxes, little boxes all the same"
When he says the little boxes(homes) are different colors and how they are made of ticky tacky, which is a shoddy material used in the construction of the houses, he is actually saying even though the colors are different, the homes, and society as a whole is conformed and the same.
These lyrics are demonstrating how in the artist eyes, he sees a world full of conformity. He list different colors of "boxes" to show even with that slight change they are still the same. His lyrics are about more than boxes, his message deepens by explaining how society is so conformed and how originality is not existent within the suburban middle class. I feel that Peter Seeger got his inspiration from what was happening in society, especially the middle class suburban homes,and how he felt originality was being destroyed, and how conformity was being instilled.
From 1959-1963 the Vietnam war was occurring, there were protest against the war, and civil rights protest.
Additional Pete Seeger songs: We shall overcome, if I had a hammer, and bring them home