Bobby Darin

Artificial Flowers


"Give her the Real Thing!" (Audio)




   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

      Leavin' their baby behind.


      Did ya hear? 


      This ... poor little child

      Was only nine years of age

      When mother and dad went away.


      Still she brav-el-y worked

      At the one thing she knew

      To earn her few pennies a day.


      She made artificial flowers

      Artificial flowers 

      Flowers for ladies of fashion to wear.


      She made artificial flowers

      Ya know ... those artificial flowers   

      Fashioned from Annie's despair.


      With paper and shears

      With some wire and wax

      She made up each tulip and mum.


      As snowflakes drifted

      Into her tenement room

      Her baby little fingers grew numb.


      From makin' artificial flowers

      Those artificial flowers

      Flowers for ladies of high fashion to wear.


      She made artificial flowers

      Artificial flowers

      Made from Annie's despair.


      They found little Annie

      All covered with ice

      Still clutchin' 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 instea-a-ad of a halo

      She'll wear 'round her head

      A 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's  des-pa-a-a-air.


      Give her the real thing!

Lyrics provided by Ron Mausolf


Sandra Dee & Bobby

This photo appeared in the book Dream Lovers:

The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee

By Dodd Darin.


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