Artificial Flowers

Lyrics: Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick
Music: Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick

Played by Bob Weir with Rob Wasserman and Ratdog. It was a hit for Bobby Darin in the 1960s.

Alone in the world was poor little Anne
As sweet a young child as you'll find
Her parents had gone to their final reward
Leaving their baby behind

This poor little child was but nine years of age
When mother and dad went away
Still bravely she clung to the one thing she knew
To make her few pennies a day

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

With paper and shears, with wire and wax
She made up each tulip and [mum]
As snowflakes drifted into her tenement room
Her poor baby fingers grew numb

From making artificial flowers
Artificial flowers
Flowers for ladies of fashion to wear
From making artificial flowers Artificial flowers
Fashioned from from Annie's despair

They found little Annie all covered with ice
Still clutchin' her poor frozen shears
Amidst all the blossoms she'd fashioned by hand
And watered with all her young tears

There must be a heaven where Annie can play
In heavenly gardens and bowers
Instead of a halo she'll wear round her head
A garland of genuine flowers

No more artificial flowers
No more artificial flowers
No more flowers for ladies of fashion to wear
No more artificial flowers
No more artificial flowers
Fashioned from Annie's
Fashioned from Annie's
Despair