My favorite version of Mack The Knife is sung by Bobby Darin.
Mack the Knife
Written by: Kurt Weill/E. Bertolt Brecht/Marc Blitzstein
Written in 1928 as “Moritat” or “Theme from the Threepenny Opera” aka “The Beggar’s Opera” and introduced in that production by Weill’s wife, Lotte Lenya
Produced by: Ahmet Ertegun/Nesuhi Ertegun/Jerry Wexler
Arranged by: Richard Wess
Orchestra conducted by: Richard Wess
Appears on: That’s All ~ The Bobby Darin Story ~ The Legendary Bobby Darin ~ Something Special LPs
A Side of: “Was There a Call for Me”
Recorded: December 19, 1958
Released: August 1959
The #5 song of the 1955-59 Rock Era
Was #1 for 9 weeks in 1959
14th most popular single in Billboards HOT 100 History
Bobby’s first (and only) number one song
Won the Grammy for “Record of the Year” in 1959
Mack The Knife
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, though, wears old MacHeath, babe
So there’s nevah, nevah a trace of red.
Now on the sidewalk … uuh, huh … whoo … sunny mornin’ … uuh, huh
Lies a body just oozin' life … eeek!
And someone’s sneakin' ‘round the corner
Could that someone be Mack the Knife?
A-there's a tugboat … huh, huh, huh … down by the river don’tcha know
Where a cement bag’s just a'droopin' 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.
Aah … 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 is back!!