Mack The Knife Lyrics - Bing Crosby

publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bertolt Brecht, Eugen Berthold Brecht, Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein
release date:
genres: Jazz Pop
styles: Easy Listening/Vocal
length: 3:56
arranger: Julian "Matty" Matlock
bass: Red Callender
clarinet: Julian "Matty" Matlock
guitar: Clancy Hayes
drums (drum set): Nick Fatool
performer: Bob Scobey’s Frisco Band
piano: Ralph Sutton
tenor saxophone: Dave Harris
trombone: Abe Lincoln
trumpet: Bob Scobey and Frank Beach
vocal: Bing Crosby
composer: Kurt Weill
lyricist: Bertolt Brecht
translator: Marc Blitzstein
Uh-huh, Uh-huh
Lay way back you cats, Dig in
Live a while, yes, Mr Mack is movin' in

Though the shark has, pretty teeth, dear
And he shows 'em pearly whites
Just a jackknife has MacHeath, dear
And he keeps it, well out of sight

When the shark bites, with his teeth, dear
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves, though, wears MacHeath, dear
So there's not a trace of red

On the sidewalk, Sunday mornin'
Lies a body oo-oozin' life
Someones sneakin' 'round the cor-or-orner
Is that someone Mack the Knife?

From a tugboat, by the river
A cement bags drooppin' down
The cement, that's just for the weight, dear
I'll bet you Mackys back in tow-own

Mr Miller, disappeared, dear
After drawin' out all of his cash
Went tap city, and MacHeath spends like a sailor
Did our boy do, somethin' rash?

Sukey Tawdry, Jenny Diver
Polly Peacham, Miss Lucy Brown
Oh, the line forms on the right, dear
Now that Mackys back in town

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CD 1
  • 1 Ol’ Man River
  • 2 Three Little Words
  • 3 It Must Be True
  • 4 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  • 5 Just a Gigolo
  • 6 I’m Thru’ With Love
  • 7 Just One More Chance
  • 8 Some Sunny Day
  • 9 I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  • 10 Mack the Knife
  • 11 Dream a Little Dream of Me
  • 12 Whispering
  • 13 Down Among the Sheltering Palms
  • 14 The Little Things in Life
  • 15 One More Time
  • 16 Them There Eyes