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Mack the Knife
Bobby Darin Lyrics

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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Written by: Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Chris Gardiner

@PyroGothNerd if was harsh towards you than I am sorry, and ask your forgiveness..

I am a poor writer who does not know or use punctuation marks.

I never claimed to be a Christian, I just repeated what Christ said in the kjv bible.

Peter said to the priests in the book of Acts that we are to obey God, rather than man...

If I may ask you a question:

Q = Why would a person have to go to school in order to preach Christ?

The two things that all who believe on Christ must do is:
(1) Follow and do the commandments of God
(2) And have the testimony of Christ (live and tell others about the God of Abraham and His Son Jesus Christ)

(2 Peter 1; 20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.

The Roman Catholic church under penalty of death forbid people from reading scripture on their own. The Roman Catholic church has kept the word of God from the people because the word of God would expose their horrific crimes to the world...

Christ likens His word to a candle... one would not light a candle then put it under his bed where no one could see it..

I was raised in the Roman Catholic church and in 30 years in that system I have never felt the presence of God...

Not until I started reading the kjv bible on my own did I begin to have a relationship with the God of Abraham and His Son Jesus Christ....
And in the kjv bible it clearly states that the world is against the God of Abraham and His Son Jesus Christ..
To be at peace with the world, is to be at war with the God of Abraham and His Son Jesus Christ

All comments from YouTube:

Federico Bernard es chi?

Pumped up kicks of the fifties

Prins van Oranje

@Piecemaker1975 And it's a German song, I think the melody here fits the a late 1940s movie nicely.

Bleep Bloop

@urso malvado 20s


Song is from 1928, fifties is just the recording.

urso malvado

Actually it traces back to 30's in it's origins

Andrea Marvin

And they say gen z has dark humor

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Lane Robertson

This song is genius. It's cleverly written to where you know exactly what's happening, but it doesn't say "death", "blood", "kill", or any of those words. It tells a few victim stories and lists other victims while maintaining an enticing air of class.


"scarlet billows"

Debra Wingo

The women are named in the song because they were lining up to help him spend the money he killed for.


Dark songs with a deceptively happy tune are the best.

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