Lyrics for 'Mack the Knife'

Brecht’s ‘Mack the Knife’ is a pretty gory song, but it’s a great piece of music and I like it. Here’s my tweaked lyrics, but it’s pretty close to the standard translation:

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth dear,
And he keeps them pearly white.
Just a flick knife has MacHeath dear,
And he keeps it out of sight.

When the shark bites with his teeth dear,
Scarlet billows start to spread
A pair of kid gloves wears MacHeath dear,
So there’s not a trace of red

Sunday morning on the sidewalk,
Lies a body oozin’ life
And someone’s creeping ‘round the corner,
Could that someone be Mack the Knife?

From a tug boat on the river
A cement bag’s dropping down
The cement’s just for the weight dear,
I bet you Macky’s back in town

Louis Miller disappeared dear,
After drawing all his cash
And old MacHeath spends like a sailor:
Did our boy do someting rash?

Sukie Tawdry, Jenny Diver,
Polly Peachum and old Lucy Brown
Well, the line forms on the right girls,
Now that Macky’s back in town!
Created at 12:23 UTC on October 20th, 2010 and last modified at 16:21 UTC on October 22nd, 2010