LITTLE BOXES - chords and comments

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Malvina and her husband William "Bud" Reynolds were on their way from where they lived in Berkeley, through San Francisco and down the peninsula to La Honda where she should sing at a meeting of the Friends' Committee on Legislation. As she drove through Daly City, she caught the view of numberless new, small buildings and said "Bud, take the wheel. I feel a song coming on". On arrival, this song was penned, and most probably she performed it for the first time that evening in 1962.
The term "ticky-tacky" became a catchphrase during the sixties, and is now defined in the Oxford Dictionary as "cheap and lousy building material".

Malvina Reynolds, born Milder in 1900, was a prolific, but coy singer and songwriter. Though always being interested in music and art, she started writing songs on her own first way passed the forties. In a grandma and housewife's disguise, she wrote more than 400 songs her own way: unpretentious lyrics, slightly ironical, about various social matters, from a left-wing point of view. Besides she also wrote children's songs and lullabies. Slowly she gained popularity as a plain american's spokes(wo)man, and in the beginning of the sixties she rose to a prominent person as a songwriter. Her friend Pete Seeger immortilized "Little Boxes", "Morningtown Ride" recorded by The Seekers was the first lullaby ever to reach the top of the charts, and Joan Baez - later also The Searchers - made nuclear fallout a common dispute by recording "What Have They Done to the Rain?". She contributed songs and material to PBS' "Sesame Street" as the character "Kate" until her death, and the film biography "Love It Like a Fool" was made the year before. In the sixties and seventies no songbook was printed without including at least *one* of her songs.
Then, there were silence.
Writing 2020, the world is still on fire, maybe more than ever. Malvina; we miss You!
little boxes on the hillside
        Em            Cmaj7
little boxes made of ticky tacky
        Bm           Am
little boxes on the hillside
        G             D7
little boxes all the same
there's a green one and a pink one
        Em            Cmaj7
and a blue one and a yellow one
            Bm               Am
and they're all made out of ticky tacky
         Em        D7       G
and they all look just the same
G major
E minor
C major seventh
B minor
A minor
D seventh
Malvina Reynolds