"Artificial Flowers" as written by and Sheldon Harnick Jerry Bock....
Alone in the world was poor little Anne
As sweet a young child as you'd find
Her parents had gone to their final reward
Leaving their baby behind

Did you hear this poor little child
Was only nine years of age
When mother and dad went away
Still she bravely worked
At the one thing she knew
To earn a few pennies a day

She made artificial flowers, artificial flowers
Flowers for ladies of fashion to wear
She made artificial flowers, artificial flowers
Fashioned from Annie's despair

With papers and shears, with wire and wax
She made up each tulip and mum
As snow flakes drifted in to her tenement room
Her baby little fingers grew numb

From artificial flowers, those artificial flowers
Flowers for ladies of high fashion to wear
She made artificial flowers, artificial flowers
Made from Annie's despair

And they found little Annie all covered with ice
Still clutching her poor frozen shears
Amidst all the blossoms, she had fashioned by hand
And watered with all her young tears

There must be a Heaven where little Annie can play
In heavenly gardens and bowers
And instead of halo, she'll wear round her head
A garland of genuine flowers

No more artificial flowers, artificial flowers
Flowers for ladies of society to wear
Those artificial flowers, artificial flowers
Fashioned from Annie's
Fashioned from Annie's despair


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"Artificial Flowers" as written by Sheldon Harnick Lewis Bock Jerrold

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    General Commentthis song is so sad, i remember when i first heard it was when i first heard about the diary off ann frank, and i somehow linked the 2 together (i was only 9 ish)
    Avatar-rockon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure about the Anne Frank bit, but I think it's based of off "The Little Match Seller"/"The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Andersen, where the last lines say "In the dawn of morning there lay the poor little one, with pale cheeks and smiling mouth, leaning against the wall; she had been frozen to death on the last evening of the year; and the New-year’s sun rose and shone upon a little corpse! The child still sat, in the stiffness of death, holding the matches in her hand, one bundle of which was burnt. “She tried to warm herself,” said some. No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen, nor into what glory she had entered with her grandmother, on New-year’s day."
    sweetcaitlynon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a cover of a Bobby Darin Number, except when bobby darin was recording it he picked up Artifical Flowers while wanting to do "Mack the Knife" and said "Swing it hard boys"....
    The Beautiful Souths' version is more in line with what the song is about. Bobby Darins Version sounds like "The continuing adventures of Mack the Knife"

    A good cover though
    spannerotooleon August 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've been told that it's about a little child who's parents had died at a young age "Her parents had gone to their final reward" and "When mother and dad went away" and the only way she knew how to make money was to make artifical flowers and sell them to people. I don't know about the ending but it sounds like she was out in the cold for so long that she's died as well and gone to heaven
    nosecaton November 10, 2010   Link

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