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Mack the Knife
Composer
Kurt Weill
Lyricist
Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht
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August 1984
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1984
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"Mack the Knife", sometimes referred to as "The Ballad of Mack the Knife", is a song first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1956. It was written by Bertolt Brecht.

Frank Sinatra first recorded this jazz legacy in his 1984 album L.A. Is My Lady (album)L.A. Is My Lady. This version was later released as one of Sinatra's last singles. He later recorded the song with Jimmy Buffett in 1994 for Duets II. A live performance of "Mack the Knife" can be found on Sinatra Saga as well.

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Oh, the shark has pretty teeth dear
And he shows 'em, pearly white
Just a jack knife has Macheath dear
And he keeps it way out of sight

When that shark bites with his teeth, dear
Scarlet billows they begin to spread
Fancy white gloves has Macheath dear
So there's never, never a trace of red

On the sidewalk, one Sunday morning
Lies a body, oozin' life
Someone's sneaking 'round the corner
Could that someone perhaps, per chance be Mack the Knife

From a tugboat, on the river going slow
A cement bag is dropping down
You know that cement is for the weight dear
You can make a large bet Macheath's in town

My man Louis Miller, he split the scene babe
After drawing out all the bread from his stash
Now Macheath spends like a sailor
Do you suppose this guy, he did something rash

Old Satchmo, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darrin
They did this song nice, Lady Ella too
They all sang it, with so much feeling
That Old Blue Eyes, he ain't gonna add nothing new

But with this big, fat band, jumping behind me
Swinging hard, Jack, I know I can't lose
When I tell you, all about Mack the Knife babe
It's an offer, you can never refuse

We got Patrick Williams, Bill Miller playing that piano
And this wonderful, great big band, bringing up the rear
All these bad cats, in this band now
They make the greatest sounds, you're ever gonna hear

Oh Sookie Taudry, Jenny Diver, Polly Peachum, Old Miss Lulu Brown

Hey the line forms, on the right dear
Now that Macheath,that bum is back in town
You'd better lock your doors, and call the law
Because Macheath's back in town

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