This song is from a 1960 Broadway show titled Tenderloin, which was the name for Manhattan’s red light district in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th. Its plot is mainly about corruption, not from the brothels but from the police and the politicians that prey on them. The heroic roles are played by the press and the clergy. The male protagonist is a newspaperman who, as part of his investigation, is trying to infiltrate the church’s ranks. He auditions for a position in the church’s choir with this song, which is basically a mock version of the very tragic, Victorian-associated ballads that were popular in the late 19th century. “Artificial Flowers” was one of three songs from the show that enjoyed recordings from a few pop vocalists.
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