Little boxes by Elizabeth Kendall
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*Acrylic paint, palette knife: 30 × 24 cm. Painted on an x-raysheet.
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.
And there’s doctors and there’s 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 Martini 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,
And they all get put in boxes
And they all come out the same.

And the boys go into business,
And marry, and raise a family,
And they all get put in 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

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1962 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1990. Malvina and her husband were on their way from where they lived in Berkeley, through San Francisco and down the Peninsula to La Honda where she was to sing at a meeting of the Friends’ Committee on Legislation (not the PTA, as Pete Seeger says in the documentary about Malvina, “Love It Like a Fool”). As she drove through Daly City, she said “Bud, take the wheel. I feel a song coming on.”
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Comments

  • andy551
    andy551over 4 years ago

    Interesting and creative , well done!!!

  • Thanks Andy!! A quick and welcome comment!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • allicata
    allicataover 4 years ago

    Wow what a cute song and you did such a great job of interpretation, Elizabeth!! Colors and the angle of the painting! What song is this? Seems I’ve heard it somewhere?

  • Thanks so much Allison!! ;-)
    Malvina Reynolds wrote/sings it… (I better add her name!)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • I’ve added more info if you want to read Allison! ;-) (Thanks to the internet)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    ♪♪♪ Cute song to go with this wonderful painting Liz! ♫ (Just listening to it on Youtube now!

  • Thanks Maree!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • walraji
    walrajiover 4 years ago

    Excellent work.

  • Thanks so much !! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

  • Maureen Grobler
    Maureen Groblerover 4 years ago

    I love this Elizabeth! Maybe because I’ve always rebelled against ticky-tacky… ;-) Well done – this is different than you’re normal style and I think Malvina would be sorely impressed with your interpretation of her song.

  • Thanks so much for your kind comment Maureen! (we do not change as we grow older, we just become more clearly ourselves!!)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • craftloft
    craftloftover 4 years ago
  • Thanks Mariaan for a lovely comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Liz. Your interpretation is so unique. Really love it my friend

  • I knew you would!! ;-) Thanks dear Angela! x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • emel
    emelover 4 years ago

    Lovely work!

  • Thank you emel!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    love this Elizabeth so creative wonderful work…

  • Thank you so much Linda, very kind of you!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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