常常好像著魔似的沒頭沒腦就唱起這首歌,”little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky…..”。
每次聽到這首歌就沒由來的想發笑,老老的聲音,配上空心吉他彈出的簡單旋律,好可愛的歌,好像老阿媽在唱歌給孫子聽。
最近這首歌被用在Showtimes影集Weeds的片頭曲,Weeds講一個住在南加州社區的媽媽,因為老公死了,只好靠賣大麻養兩個小孩還有負擔生活開銷,裡頭這些光鮮亮麗的加州中產階級菁英,都是這個由Mary Louis Parker飾演主角的媽媽的客戶,呼草呼得進入彌留狀態之餘也帶出一個一個荒謬的故事。
故事裡的這個今天美國城市郊區常見的中產階級社區,早在1962年就被Malvina Reynolds寫出這首little boxes。

LITTLE BOXES

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
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 went to the university
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same
And there’s doctors and 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 martinis 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
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

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,
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

歌詞的大意就是”山丘上有一堆小盒子,用廉價材料搭成的小盒子,黃的綠的藍的,可是它們看起來都一樣。小盒子裡的人都上了大學,有醫生有律師有老闆,他們全都是廉價材料做的,他們全部看起來都一樣。他們打高爾夫,他們喝馬汀尼,他們都有漂亮的小孩,小孩去上學去summer camp,進了大學,然後也進了小盒子,他們全部看起來都一樣。小男孩長大了開始有自己的生意,結婚生了小孩,在廉價材料搭成的小盒子裡,他們看起來都一樣”。

1900年生的Malvina Rynolds,生長在一個社會主義的猶太家庭,高中沒畢業因為父母親的社會主義背景,卻還是拿到了她的博士學位,1960年開始,在同年齡的那一代都退休享樂之際,這個老奶奶卻開始寫歌唱起歌來,一直唱到她1978年去世的前幾天,這首描述資本主義社會制約下現象的”小盒子”算是她最有名的歌,當然她還有很多歌被很多有名得不得了的人唱,像是Joan Baez和Judy Collins。
真的是很可愛的一首歌。

聽歌吧。

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