Mack the Knife
Kurt Weill
Bertolt Brecht
Babalu (2001)

"Mack the Knife" is a song featured in Michael Bublé's 2001 album, Babalu.

History Edit

"Mack the Knife" was originally a German song used in the opera Die Dreigroschenoper (or The Threepenny Opera). The song's first English translated version was by Louis Armstrong in 1956. This rendition of the song became one of Armstrong's most remembered and most-requested hits. Three years later, Bobby Darin released this song as a single and was given huge success, inspiring several artists to follow the swinging version of the song. Ella Fitzgerald performed a famous live version on her album Ella in Berlin and during this performance, she forgot the lyrics and used scatting and improvising to add new lyrics, this trait was continued with Frank Sinatra's renditions of the song as well a live performance Michael Bublé made.

Bublé's recording of the song from Babalu became a hit. While not released as a single, the song was one of his first hits, and is considered his performance that made his record deal with 143 Records. While not recording this song in an actual studio album, Bublé has also performed this song during the Crazy Love Tour, nearly ten years after his recording in Babalu.

Lyrics Edit

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Just a jackknife has MacHeath, babe
And it keeps it way out of sight
When that shark bites with his teeth, dear
Scarlet billows begin to spread
Fancy gloves, wears old MacHeath, babe
So there's never, never a trace of red

On the sidewalk, one Sunday mornin
Lies a body oozin' life
Someone's sneakin' round that corner
Could that someone be Mack the Knife?

Oh there's a tugboat down, down by the river dontcha know
Where a cement bag's just a'drooppin' on down
That cement's there, 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
Now MacHeath spends, he spends like a sailor
Could that boy have done somethin' rash?

Ahhhh Jenny Diver, ho, 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
Miss Lotte Lenya and old Lucy Brown
Oh, the line forms on the right, babe
Now that Macky's back in town
Look out, old Macky is back!

Other artists Edit

  • Bertolt Brecht
  • Gerald Price
  • Lotte Lenya
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Bobby Darin
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Westlife
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Tony Bennett
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • Nick Cave
  • Brian Setzer
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Sonny Rollins
  • The Young Gods
  • Rubén Blades
  • Tito Puente
  • Bing Crosby
  • Miloš Kopecký
  • Eartha Kitt
  • Dave Van Ronk
  • Peggy Lee
  • The Beatles
  • The Doors Ben Webster
  • Sting
  • Dagmar Krause
  • Ute Lemper
  • Roger Daltrey
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Kenny Garrett
  • Robbie Williams
  • Nick Cave
  • Max Raabe