Artificial Flowers

Hey there music lovers! Today, I want to introduce you to a hidden gem from the 1960s that deserves a spot in your playlist. It’s a song called “Artificial Flowers” by the talented Bobby Darin.

Released in 1961 as part of his album “The Bobby Darin Story,” this song showcases Darin’s incredible vocal range and storytelling abilities. It’s a hauntingly beautiful tune that will transport you to a different era.

The composition history of “Artificial Flowers” is quite interesting. It was written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the same duo behind the hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” The song was originally intended for the musical “Tenderloin” but ended up being recorded by Darin as a standalone single.

Now, let’s dive into the meaning behind the song. “Artificial Flowers” tells the story of a young girl named Rosie who lives in poverty and sells artificial flowers on the streets to survive. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of her struggles and the harsh reality of her life. Despite the somber theme, the song also carries a message of hope and resilience.

Bobby Darin’s rendition of “Artificial Flowers” is truly captivating. His smooth vocals and emotional delivery bring the lyrics to life, making you feel every word. The song’s melancholic melody perfectly complements the poignant lyrics, creating a powerful listening experience.

If you’re a fan of vintage music or simply appreciate soulful storytelling, “Artificial Flowers” is a must-listen. It’s a timeless classic that showcases the immense talent of Bobby Darin and the songwriting prowess of Bock and Harnick.

So, what are you waiting for? Give “Artificial Flowers” a listen and let yourself be transported to a different time and place. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. And if you want to explore more of Bobby Darin’s discography, check out his album “The Bobby Darin Story.”

Happy listening!

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Artificial Flowers – Bobby Darin lyrics

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Alone in the world was poor little AnneAs sweet a young child as you’d find.Her parents had gone to their final rewardLeavin’ their baby behind.
This poor little child was only nine years of ageWhen mother and dad went away;Still brav-el-y workedAt the one thing she knewTo earn her few pennies a day.
She made artificial flowers, artificial flowers,Flowers for ladies of fashion to wear;She made artificial flowers, you know those artificial flowers,Fashions from Annie’s despair.
With paper and shears, with some wire and waxShe made up each tulip and mum.As snowflakes drifted into her tenement roomHer baby little fingers grew numb.
From makin’ artificial flowers, those artificial flowersFlowers for ladies of high fashion to wear.She made artificial flowers, artificial flowersMade from Annie’s despair.
They found little Annie all covered in iceStill clutchin’ her poor frozen shearsAmidst all the blossoms she had fashioned by handAnd watered with all her young tears.
There must be a heaven where little Annie can playIn heavenly gardens and bowers.And instea-a-ad of a halo she’ll wear ’round her headA garland of genuine flowers.
No more artificial flowers;Throw away those artificial flowers,Flowers for ladies of society to wear.Throw away those artificial flowers,Those dumb-dumb flowers,Fashioned from Annie’s,Fashioned from A-a-a-annie’sDes-pa-a-a-air.(Give her the real thing!)

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