Dig, man, there goes Mack The Knife

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Just a jackknife has MacHeath, dear
And he keeps it out of sight
When the shark bites with his teeth, dear
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves, though, wears MacHeath, dear
So there's not a trace of red

On the sidewalk, sundayy morning, baby
Lies a body oozin' life
Someone's sneakin' 'round the corner
Is this someone Mack the Knife?

From a tugboat, by the river
A cement bag's drooppin' down
Yes, the cement's just for the weight, dear
Bet you Macky's back in town
Lookie here, Louie Miller disappeared, dear
After drawin' out his cash
And MacHeath spends like a sailor
Did our boy do somethin' rash?

Sukey Tawdry, Jenny Diver, Lotte Lenya, sweet Lucy Brown
Oh, the line forms on the right, dears
Now that Macky's back in town

Take it, Satch

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Mack The Knife Lyrics as written by Bertolt Brecht Kurt Weill

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    General CommentThis song is from Brecht & Weill's Threepenny Opera, which was itself based on the Beggar's Opera by John Gay. In the Brecht version, Macheath (aka Mack the Knife aka Mackie Messer) is absolutely ruthless. The whole Threepenny Opera is a scathing critique of capitalism, and the song itself is bloody and filled with tales of arson, rape, and murder (sanitized considerably in the most well-known English translation which we know and love). Don't let me catch you playing this at your wedding because no matter what famous crooner sang it, it is *not* romantic, and it is *not* appropriate for an insanely expensive party. Brecht would roll over in his grave.

    Here are a few sample stanzas from a more faithful translation of the original German (tr. Manheim & Willett):

    And the ghastly fire in Soho,
    Seven children at a go—
    In the crowd stands Mack the knife, but
    He's not asked and doesn't know.

    And the child bride in her nightie,
    Whose assailant's still at large
    Violated in her slumbers—
    Mackie how much did you charge?

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    miesvanderroboton April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMack the Knife is one bad-a$$ mfer.
    FilibusterManon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a fantastic song about a hitman in the 20's you can only begin to imagine what it was like back then great song
    mattyboy11891on June 25, 2006   Link

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