About the Song
Reynolds apperently wrote the song about Daly City, which means McMansions.
The song took on a whole new life when the song was ussed as the theme song for the TV series "Weeds". Different covers were used as opening for diffeent episodes.
Victor Jara wrote a Spanish version titled "Las Casitas del Barrio Alto" (separate page in "The Music Box" on this site)
There's also a French version called "Petites Boites" by New Zealand born singer Graeme Allwright, recorded by Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
Follow the links for lyrics and information on the Spanish and French versions both are very singable translations!