Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Just a jackknife has old MacHeath, babe
And he keeps it, ah, out of sight
You know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves, oh, wears old MacHeath, babe
So there's never, never a trace of red

Now on the sidewalk, huh, huh, whoo sunny morning, un huh
Lies a body just oozin' life, eek
And someone's sneakin' 'round the corner
Could that someone be Mack the Knife?

There's a tugboat, huh, huh, down by the river don'tcha know
Where a cement bag's just a-drooppin' on down
Oh, that cement is just, it's there for the weight, dear
Five'll get ya ten, old Macky's back in town
Now did ya hear 'bout Louie Miller? He disappeared, babe
After drawin' out all his hard-earned cash
And now MacHeath spends just like a sailor
Could it be our boy's done somethin' rash?

Now Jenny Diver, ho, ho, yeah, Sukey Tawdry
Ooh, Miss Lotte Lenya and old Lucy Brown
Oh, the line forms on the right, babe
Now that Macky's back in town

I said Jenny Diver, whoa, Sukey Tawdry
Look out to Miss Lotte Lenya and old Lucy Brown
Yes, that line forms on the right, babe
Now that Macky's back in town
Look out, old Macky's back

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Mack The Knife Lyrics as written by Bertolt Brecht Kurt Weill

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  • +1
    General Commentan opera? say what?

    Bobby Darin was a superb musician in that he could rock-and-roll yet croon and swing at the same time. this choon has been covered several times, he did an excellent job on this song and made it his own.

    they say this song is about Frank Sinatra, and, ironically enough, Sinatra eventually recorded this song in the late 60's.
    roger wilcoon June 09, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationWhile an endless list of fantastic artists have covered this song, even old Blue Eyes, who recorded it too, said that Bobby Darin's is the definitive version, which it certainly is. Originally and hastily written for Die Dreigroschenoper/The Threepenny Opera about a murdering, rapist highwayman (Macheath), there's no denying it's a blast to sing along with, no matter the dark message.
    DouglasMon July 25, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI recall seeing Bobby Darin on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. It is interesting that a song from an opera became a hit pop tune.
    stringofpearlson February 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis track is used on the opening theme to the Robert Redford movie "Quiz Show", but is it the version sung by Bobby Darin? Any information, anyone?
    Bobo192on June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThere have been a few people in Britain who've covered this song thinking it's about some guy who's great with women but the truth is "Mack The Knife" is about an Evil Pimp who beats up his Prostitutes
    kiltmanon September 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLet's not tell Gareth Gates about that, though...
    Bobo192on September 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYep kiltman is correct, the song is from the Threepenny Opera an old German piece about a pimp named Macheath who beats his girls.
    jimbobjoeon June 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentKilmtman's meaning sounds like the real deal. This guy really drunk guy once told me that it was about Jack The Ripper....haha
    I'll have to tell that guy next time I see him what it really means.
    Thanks guys!!! :)
    RoyalCourtJesteron January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSee jimbobjoe above for the correct origin of the subject material. The song was also later recorded by Sinatra but was not about Sinatra.

    Louis Armstrong did a nice rendition of Mack the Knife, too. Worth a listen if you can get your hands on it.
    Montroseon January 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Brian Setzer Orchestra also did a good cover....
    Rudi3on February 06, 2006   Link

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