Mack the Knife (1928)
(w-Eng) Marc Blitzstein. (m) Kurt Weill (I) Opera: The Three Penny Opera by Lotte Lenya. (P) Lotte Lenya. (R) 1956 by The Dick Hyman Trio. (CR) Richard Hayman and Jan August. (CR) Lawrence Welk. (CR) Les Paul. (R) 1959 by Bobby Darin. No. 1 Chart Record. (R) 1960 by Ella Fitzgerald. (R) 1986 by Frank Sinatra. (CR) Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars.
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 out of sight
You know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves though wears MacHeath, dear
So there’s never, never a trace of red

On the sidewalk Sunday morning
Lies a body just oozin’ life
And someone’s sneakin’ ’round the corner
Could that someone be old Mack the Knife?

There’s a tugboat, by the river
Where a cement bag is drooppin’ down
Yes the cement’s just for the weight, dear
Bet ya Macky’s back in town
Did ya hear about Louie Miller, he disappeared, dear
After drawin’ out his hard earned cash
And now MacHeath spends just like a sailor
Could it be our boy did something rash?

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

Look out, old Macky’s back!!