Music Monday – Malvina Reynolds

And the children go to summer camp
and then to the university
where they all get put in boxes
and they all come out the same

“Little Boxes” became a hit for Pete Seeger in 1963 and has been covered by numerous artists since, including Linkin Park, The Shins, Regina Spektor, Rise Against, Devendra Banhart, Phosphorescent, Man Man, The Submarines, Death Cab For Cutie, The Real Tuesday Weld, Rilo Kiley, and The Decemberists. It’s also the opening number for the popular TV show Weeds. But the suburban critique set to music was written in 1962 by Malvina Reynolds, an American singer-songwriter and political activist who died in 1978.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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