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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
Ya 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 d'ja 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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    UnregisteredSep 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    MacHeath killed Miller, used cement bag to weigh his body down and is spending all his cash on women and fun.
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    UnregisteredJul 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm
    For such a grim tale... It has a snappy, upbeat melody and is strangely fun to listen to and even more fun to sing along with. How many films is this song in? Too many to count. I like ella fitzgeralds' & paul smith's live version of mack the knife.
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    UnregisteredMar 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    Macheath is a character from a play that dates to the 1700's. He was a thief, murderer, arsonist, etc. Who was supposed to be very classy and charming and dressed very nicely to take in his victims.
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    UnregisteredMay 26, 2012 at 11:50 am
    A mack is a pimp. Given the accompaniment of the title, "the knife", mack sounds like a he would be a shark, as noted in the song. A shark gets the money owed, sometimes by using creative means.

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