Michael Buble - Mack The Knife Lyrics

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Just a jackknife has MacHeath, dear
And it keeps it way out of sight

When that shark bites with its teeth, dear
Scarlet billows begin to spread
Fancy gloves, though, wears our MacHeath, babe
So there's never, never, ever a trace of red

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

Oh there's a tugboat down, it's down by the river, don't you know?
Where the cement bag drooppin' on down
That cement is just—it's there for the weight, dear
Five'll get ya ten old Macky's back in town

D'you 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?

Ah, Jenny Diver, look out, Sukey Tawdry
Ooh, Miss Lotte Lenya and old Lucy Brown
Oh, that line forms on the right, babe
Now that Macky's, 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

I said, look out, old Macky is back!

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  1. Martin Robson

    Is this not the best song of all time? Considering it is almost 100 years old? (1928) and by the amount of 'superstars' that have covered it; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr, Bing Crosby and so many more!!!!!

  2. Mebrice Depace

    Too smooth - needs more bite. Darin's has that...

  3. Eliza Doolittle

    No one should sing this but Bobby Darin.This sucks bad.

  4. Jody Carter

    Mr. Buble can sing!!👍👏

  5. Proffesor Dick

    Dis guy messin up a Great Classic singin like a Pansy!! Sing like a Man!!! Notta Schoolgirl ya Mamalucc!!!

  6. Theresa A.

    Not bad. But my favorite version of this song is Ella Fitzgerald’s version—where she forgot the words and won a Grammy for her improvisation.

  7. Yasmin George

    I so wish he had sung this in the same way as Bobby Darin 😭

    Paul Curran

    why would he do that? He's NOT Bobby Darin!

  8. MikeL

    This is awful.

  9. Roland de pous

    THE BEST IN 2018

  10. Anpala

    LOL!!!!! Pretender to the throne. You will never be Bobby Darin.

  11. Em Jackson

    The gangsta rap of the jazz era . . . .

  12. Nicola Piazza

    Frank Sinatra top!!!

  13. cherokeephil

    I did this parody of Gilligan's Island's lyrics to Mack the Knife's music - https://youtu.be/ZWGohEXgI-4

  14. Ghada Rule

    I always resisted this golden boy but must admit ... this version is absolutely fabulous

  15. Gijs


  16. Gijs

    Gekke beat

  17. Gijs

    Lekker nummertje

  18. Gijs

    I don’t think you have any other place in your mind or not just let us do down

  19. mightydegu

    I enjoy many of Buble's recordings of classic songs, but this one doesn't cut it. There are many better renditions of Mack the Knife out there... Armstrong, Darin, Sinatra, Williams, even Dee Snider. This one is just a vocal train wreck.

  20. Edna Fernandes


  21. capricornmagic63

    It lacks the up beat and jaunty feel of the original.

    Robert Weber

    well considering its a murder ballad i dunno if it was ever meant to be jaunty

  22. The Phantom of the Paradise

    The moon sang it better.

  23. John Clarke

    the bass player kicks arse!

  24. MyristicMystic

    Some things are best left in the past!

  25. theseeker123

    just not that good, kevin spacey does it much better, and of course, bobby d owwns it.


    Bobbys version is great but the song wasn't his

  26. smoked fish/chicken

    He doesn't swing with the band. Guarantee he overdubbed vs. recording the same time as the band.

  27. bdh70

    I have only one thing to say-check out Dinah Shore and Pearl Bailey's version! That's how this song should sound!

  28. Rickey Davis

    After listening to the original German version then Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, and my main man Frank Sinatra, I can honestly say it's a notch above the Threepenny opera by Kurt Weill Bertholt Brech. I'm covering this song in the style of Sinatra myself, but with the swing of Armstrong. Today the song requires feeling, but Michael phrased it across the rhythm clashing with the 'swing feel' where the emphasis is on the off–beat or weaker pulse in the music. Michael should have improvise on the melody over the arrangement to give it a more danceable swing style, but perhaps he wanted it to go in another direction. When you cover someone else song I just believe you shouldn't try and re-invent the wheel, that's why it's a cover.


    Where's Bobby ? This sucks

  30. Joanna Gibson

    Sorry to say it doesn't compare to Bobby Darrin.

  31. Lone Wanderer

    This is fine, but nothing can top Bobby Darin and Robbie William's versions.

    Stuart Wayne

    Lone Wanderer .Buble is much better than Darin

  32. malakaijub

    i like it, people in the comments needs to get a life

  33. SoldatNr Vier

    Look up Moritat von Mackie Messer. That is the original (in German though). And that's the way Brecht and Weil wanted it to sound, since it was supposed to support brechts style of theater plays.

  34. SoldatNr Vier

    This is not supposed to be jazz. Poor Kurt Weil and Bertholt Brecht.

  35. Flibbity Gibbit

    This is just a tasteless interpretation. It lacks the soul that Mackie Messer and the Armstrong and Darin versions have

  36. RainintheBrain

    Geez. The more you listen and read the lyrics closely you learn that this sound is about a hit-man who murders people. Yikes!


    Yeah its from the three penny opera


    The Hudson River hides many secrets.

  37. Ignacio Areyte

    this version feels wrong, it's too robotic, no true emotions

    Vector Prime


  38. starsinblue

    patrick chan anyone


    hahah yeeppp


    buenisima version.como todo lo que hace michael.

  40. 씹선비

    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 theres never, never a trace of red

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

    Oh theres a tugboat down, down by the river dontcha know
    Where a cement bags just adrooppin on down
    That cements there, its there for the weight, dear
    Fivell get ya ten old Mackys back in town
    Now dja 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 Mackys 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 Mackys back in town
    Look out, old Macky is back!

    robert broad

    sounds like my bank!

  41. Miguel Jodral

    muy buenooooooo

  42. zoila carcamo luna

    De ayer hoy y siempre inolvidable!!

  43. Nathan McCaffrey

    I am one of those people who disliked this song, and ill explain myself. I disliked it because i feel like his rendition of the song looses its magic. the original gives you a particulate feeling which is practically the main reason anyone listens to it.

    Nathan McCaffrey

    And i just came here to listen to his cover.

    Nathan McCaffrey

    its kind of like a nostalgia thing even tho i just started listening to it. that's the magic in music

  44. steve russel

    the music is better than the singing . this time .

  45. Mauricio Durón

    A touch of Mark Murphy styling here suits Mr. Bubblé.

  46. Denny Dlugo

    Frank Sinatra The Lady is a tramp karokae

  47. Jade Enigma

    "macHeath"? Seriously?


    Yep, goes all the way back to Brecht's original German lyrics in 1928:

    Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne
    und die trägt er im Gesicht
    und Macheath, der hat ein Messer
    doch das Messer sieht man nicht.


    Seriously what?

  48. ROHM58

    I like the original Louis Armstrong and then the Bobby Darin versions best but Mike Buble's version is pretty good too. Remember folks Mr. Buble has every right to do his own interpretation of this classic as has all others before him.

    José Pedro Orejano

    @Bort Simpson Yes, the music is by Kurt Weill and the lirics by Bertold Brecht. Berlin, 1928.

    Bort Simpson

    @José Pedro Orejano yeah, i dont know why i didn`t mention brecht (im german, so double embarassing) thanks for adding <3

  49. George Clooney

    Terrible you suck bubble 😓😕😔

    Global Explorer

    George Clooney. No, you do.

  50. badge1957

    cool !!!!

  51. emmanuel cachia

    sorry no like

  52. Dudor Tudor

    The Best!!!!!!!!!!!! I love  it     And the Orchestra Genius too

  53. Golden Light

    Patrick Chan's new short program music!!

    Aleksandra Dobroś

    That was such a great program ❤

  54. Katie Rose Wells

    1:38 I thought he said "Semen" not "Cement"

    Jade Enigma

    +Katie Rose Wells Yeah, you would.

    Katie Rose Wells

    @Jade Enigma I'm sure anyone would. 

  55. Ben Solorzano Palomeque

    that's version sucks

  56. John Clapham

    pretty bad

    Pablo D Mar

    really? Ya' think so?

    John Clapham

    yep haha

  57. Lengo67

    Like wow! Big fan, little smarts. What album is this on? When was it recorded?

    It is customary to provide decent information. Leaving this task up to your viewers is a huge mistake in showmanship, and your coming in pretty close to last when you don't provide some info. Only stupid people don't want to know.

  58. Melodica CHAN

    killed it

  59. Dudor Tudor

    A very very good version I love you Michael!!!!!!!!   Other than the before

  60. David Fox

    I like Michael a lot,  but this is why he does not touch Darin's playlist. 

    Michael Keating

    If you like the Bobby Darin one, try the Frank Sinatra/Jimmy Buffet cover off his Duets album. #excellent

  61. Daniel Gajdoš

    Buble want to sleep! 

  62. Albert Tavena

    He is good when it comes to singing sanatra


    Have this on Michael Buble album…… of all the versions done of this song the original Bobby Darin version is by far THE TOPS…… Bobby shook it up some, recorded it, the rest is history……. so there you have it.

  64. Squidward

    I like Michael's version better its more jazzy and there more energy when he sings. Ill listen to bobby darin if i wanna go to sleep...

    Chloe Bell

    Have you ever even heard Bobby 's version?!?! it's so energetic and amazing! Michael did a great job but his version is so downbeat and slow, not the right lyrics either...But if that's your opinion...


    +Chloe Bell Strictly speaking, the "right lyrics" go like this:

    Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne
    und die trägt er im Gesicht
    und Macheath, der hat ein Messer
    doch das Messer sieht man nicht.

    Ach, es sind des Haifischs Flossen
    rot, wenn dieser Blut vergießt.
    Mackie Messer trägt 'nen Handschuh
    drauf man keine Untat liest.

    An 'nem schönen blauen Sonntag
    liegt ein toter Mann am Strand
    und ein Mensch geht um die Ecke
    den man Mackie Messer nennt.

    Und Schmul Meier bleibt verschwunden
    und so mancher reiche Mann
    und sein Geld hat Mackie Messer
    dem man nichts beweisen kann.

    Jenny Towler ward gefunden
    mit 'nem Messer in der Brust
    und am Kai geht Mackie Messer
    der von allem nichts gewußt.

    Und das große Feuer in Soho
    sieben Kinder und ein Greis -
    in der Menge Mackie Messer, den
    man nicht fragt und der nichts weiss.

    Und die minderjährige Witwe
    deren Namen jeder weiss
    wachte auf und war geschändet -
    Mackie, welches war dein Preis?
    Wachte auf und war geschändet -
    Mackie, welches war dein Preis?

    (Bertholt Brecht, 1928)

  65. I AM LUX

    Who knew that a song about a serial killer would do so well...get me lyrics on jack the ripper, the zodiac, and...vlad the impaler, stat!

  66. Domizio Calderini

    E' quasi ben interpretata, come quella cantata dalla mai dimenticata Hildgard Kneff, stessa cadenza ritmica, anche se quella di Hildegard è più sofisticata e coinvolgente.

  67. Demodude123

    I love Robbie Williams version, so upbeat and big bandy

  68. Michael jarzecki

    Almost as close as we get, certainly. Robbie Williams does a great job with these classics as well though, and I prefer his Mack the Knife for sure.

  69. James Goertzen

    1:52, if you think that's not pure talent, you are not a very nice person :D

  70. James Goertzen

    I like this version the best. DId you know MB covered this song 3 different times!? Once on his independent "BaBalu" album, once on his live recording on "Come Fly With Me" and his newest version (this one) that can be found on the "Collection" album on itunes, and on the "Fan Club" Version of "It's Time", and on the special edition as well. Something tells me he likes this song. LOL. :D

  71. Mr. Malrogg

    Love his voice, but I prefer Bobby Darin's version better :)


    Michael Bubel is the new Frank Sinatra won't replace Sinatra by a long time but our generations Sinatra.

  73. James Goertzen

    How many times is he gonna cover this tune? "BaBalu" "Come Fly With Me" "Special Delivery"

  74. davisgaston

    he killed this song..can he hit any high notes...sheesh..

  75. gvbezoff

    Check out Burton Cummings' version of this song.

  76. Thomas Van Cleave

    lyrics are correct, he sang it wrong. Bobby Darin aced this song

  77. Ilario corvalón

    Muy bien. Me gustó. No está mal. Me sorprendió gratamente. Voy a investigar su disco grafía.

  78. Luis Vazquez

    You are right

  79. Shawn C

    You're kidding right?

  80. bigmarine78

    Are you on crack ?????

  81. Luis Vazquez

    Let's be honest, if Michael Buble was around the time of the rat pack and Bobby Darin, he would of not made it. I prefer Frank Sinatra, but personally think Bobby Darin did a better job than Frank on this song and Michael just killed it

  82. J Carroll

    Wow this has so many wrong lyrics i cant even begin to describe!

    Mebrice Depace

    "Wrong lyrics"? You need to get an education. This is one of greatest lyrics of the 20th century. Go back to your r n b or whatever rubbish you listen to..

  83. thatasiankidxX

    Oh granted.. Bobby Darin's version of Mack the Knife is just stunning.. I'm comparing Buble and Sinatra in general.. Both artists are awesome. I'm just saying Frankie's better in my opinion

  84. Jade Enigma

    The lyrics are a bit dodgy, but the audio is great


    Its a translation from German

  85. thatasiankidxX

    Awesome! Sinatra is still the best though. ;)

  86. Sofsie

    love this song so much :D

  87. Edgar Hightower

    wow.that was aweful.

  88. Brandon Davis

    Look out old Mikey is back! (as in Michael Buble)

  89. ArtemisScribe

    I think he's a gangster

  90. Jos van beest JR


  91. Geoff A

    Michael Bubel rocks!!

  92. dakota

    ahh I love this song ! thanks for posting ! :D <3