Artificial Flowers
Bobby Darin Lyrics

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 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 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 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 in 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)

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Nacho Mamma

This is my favorite Bobby Darin song.

Listening to this song, I have figured out what this song is about, and who poor little Annie really is.
Originally, this song is based from the story "The Little Match Girl", but the authors of this song, changed her from a match girl, to a flower girl and named her Annie.

Why did they make that change?  Well, first of all, it's winter, and she's selling matches.  Is she selling them by the book, box, or individual.  If it's snowing or wet outside, Annie's matches are going to get wet, and she won't be able to sell them.  Therefore, they gave her flowers to sell instead.
Now, who is Annie?  Hint: Annie's parents are both dead.  That makes her "Little Orphan Annie".  Yes, the one and only "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow!' Annie.
So, now that I figured out who Annie is, and according to the song, Annie freezes to death.  So, where did Daddy Warbucks and being adopted all come from?
There is a simple answer to that question.  The entire Daddy Warbucks scenario, and being adopted were from Annie's imagination.  "How?", you may be asking yourselves.
Again, that is simple.  Annie died.  She died a very slow and painful death by freezing.  As you are dying, or loose consciousness, the lack of oxygen causes your brain to misfire, and you hallucinate.  As any was slowly freezing to death, her brain was lacking the oxygen she needed, and she hallucinated Daddy Warbucks rescuing her from the cold streets of New York, and adopting her and giving her a nice warm loving home to live in.
Now, although I do love this song, if I were Annie, I'd be really pissed off at the Angels when I died.  First of all, I just spent the last several months receiving paper cuts, bloody pokes from the freaking wire, and burning my fingers in the hot melted wax.  So, when I died, not only did I NOT GET MY FREAKING HALO, but all I got was a chain of flowers to hang around my neck.  There was a reason I made ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS!  I'm allergic to pollen!  Real flowers make my head explode!  So, I have to spend eternity sneezing & choking because my throat is closing up, and my eyes are swollen shut & burning because of my allergy to real flowers.  NO THANK YOU!  Send me to Hell, where I can throw these flowers into the fire & keep warm!

All comments from YouTube:

anthony marcello

It's almost too sad to listen to. Too beautiful not to.

Robert Miller

Beautiful the way you said it. I can picture little Annie in my head. Her sweet heart deserves the real thing. Great song by a legendary artist. He left us way too soon.


What is sad is that kids still do in the 21st century.

Saxon C

He kills it! He builds up as the song progresses and knocks it out of the park! My favorite Bobby Darin song

Julie Zimmi

@Robert Miller check out mine

Robert Miller

Mine too. I used to like Dream Lover. But this one overtook it for me. God called him home way too soon.

Brian Muehe

Favorite oldie. 6x on repeat isn't off the table.

Jim Hynes

The arrangement on this song is no sign how sad this song really is.

Thomas Campbell

Same with Mack The Knife

Bryan H

+Jim Hynes Have to agree Jim.

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