Little Boxes Made of Ticky-Tacky

I was hooked as I watched this dark comedy from Seasons 1-5 about a suburban mom Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) who tried to maintain an upper class lifestyle for herself and her sons by trying to sell pot. Witty script, great acting, hilarious characters.

Couldn’t get the opening music “ Little Boxes”, out of my head. It irritated me during the First Season but it got interesting during the Seasons 2 and 3 when it was sung by different artists in each episode.

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.

 

The tune is perky and upbeat and happy, like a kiddie song, which is in stark contrast with the meaning about boring conformity and everything being peachy from the outside. Having a house of your own, having an education, being doctors and lawyers and playing golf and being pretty and having pretty children – these are the dreams of the working class. But the song makes it sound so Stepford wife-ish and dull.

The line “they’re all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same” for some reason, makes me sad.

How come Mary-Louise Parker never seems to age? She’s got the most beautiful eyes too.

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