Written by Malvina Reynolds, the song mocks suburban development and residents; Reynolds wrote the song after driving through Daly City, California, just south of San Francisco. A version by Pete Seeger would reach No. 70 on Billboard's Hot 100 music charts in February 1964. The term "ticky-tacky" -- in the context of the song, meaning low-quality building materials used for standardized housing -- also entered the language (and dictionaries).
Photo by Rondal Partridge ("Housing, Daly City, California, late 1960s"). More of Partridge's work: @ and @
* Entry from "Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems": @
* Lyrics as published in Broadside magazine (February 1963, PDF): @
* Remembrance of Reynolds by her daughter: @
* History of Daly City: @