Mack The Knife

Words & Music:

Kurt Weill


        C6               Dm7

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear,

       G7sus4              C6

And he shows them a pearly white.

       Am7                Dm7

Just a jackknife has Mack Heath, dear,

       G7sus4 G7 C6  Dm7    G

And he keeps it out of sight.


When the shark bites with his teeth, dear,

Scarlet billows start to spread.

Fancy gloves, though, wears Mack Heath, dear,

So there's not a trace of red.


From a tugboat by the river

A cement bag's dripping down;

The cement's just for the weight, dear.

That you Mackie's back in town.


On the sidewalk, Sunday morning,

Lies a body oozing life.

Someone's sneaking around the corner,

Is that someone Mack the Knife?


Louie Miller disappeared, dear,

After drawing out his hard earned cash.

And Mack Heath spends like a sailor.

Did our boy do something rash?


Sukey Tawdry, Jenny Diver,

Polly Peachem, Lucy Brown,

Oh, the line forms on the right, dear,

Now that Mackie's back in town.


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