Who Sang Mack the Knife? Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald Lady Time cover art

Some other versions of "Mack the Knife"
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Dorothy Heyward, Du Bose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
release date: 1978
genres: Jazz
length: 3:03
membranophone: Louie Bellson
vocal: Ella Fitzgerald
organ: Jackie Davis
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!!

Vinyl 1
  • 1 I'm Walkin'
  • 2 All or Nothing at All
  • 3 I Never Had a Chance
  • 4 I Cried for You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over Me)
  • 5 What Will I Tell My Heart
  • 6 Since I Fell for You
  • 7 And the Angels Sing
  • 8 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  • 9 Mack the Knife
  • 10 That's My Desire
  • 11 I'm in the Mood for Love

  • Album Information
    label: Pablo
    country(area): United States
    format: Vinyl
    script: Latin