Folk Singing: Tacky into the Wind

Little boxes on the hillside

Little boxes made of ticky tacky

All the same

This simple lyric, laminated to a catching tune, is on Billboard's list of the "Hot 100" singles, comfortably ahead of Tell Me Baby and catching up with Young and in Love. What it is doing in that league is anybody's guess. Its theme is not love, but development housing.

Blue, green, pink and yellow, the endless little boxes are inhabited by people, the song explains, who have gone to college and now have pretty children who go to summer camp and...