Mack The Knife

Written in 1928 by Kurt Weill for the opera "Threepenny Opera"
Best known version done in 1959 by Bobby Darin, it was a number 1 smash hit for 9 weeks
A 1960 Ella Fitzgerald remake hit # 27, amazingly, the only top 40 hit Ella ever had
Also popular was a 1986 version done by Frank Sinatra

Oh the shark has, pretty teeth dear,
And he shows them, pearly white
Just a jackknife, has McHeath 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 McHeath dear
So there's not a trace of red.

On the sidewalk, Sunday morning
Lies a body oozing life
Someone's sneaking 'round the corner
Is the someone Mack the knife

From a tugboat, by the river
A cement bag's dropping down
The cement's just for the weight dear
Bet you Mackies back in town

Louie Miller disappeared dear,
After drawing out his cash
And McHeath spends like a sailor,
Did our boy do something rash?

Sulky Tawdry, Jenny Diver
Polly Peachum, Lucy Brown
Oh the line forms on the right dear,
Now that Mackie's back in town

Look out ol' Mackie is back!

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Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.