What is the meaning of the song "Mack the Knife"?
- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
"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
You 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"
Mack the Knife is about a gangster and how he kills people without leaving a trace. Comparing him to a shark - the shark leaves behind scarlet billows = blood. But MacHeath wears glows and kills with a knife and doesn't leave any evidence behind.
"Now did you hear about Louie Miller? He disappeared, babe
After drawing out all his hard-earned cash
And now MacHeath spends just like a sailor
Could it be our boy's done something rash?"
MacHeath killed him and took his cash and is spending it, but again, doesn't leave a trail - so the question is "has he done something rash?"
- WhortleberryLv 710 years ago
"Mack the Knife" is from a musical called "The ThreePenny Opera." I believe it dates to the 18th century and was written by John Gay. The setting for ThreePenny Opera was to be among criminals and tough guys/gals. Mack the Knife was admired by these folks for his successes as a murderer, as described in the song.
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- HannahLv 44 years ago
Well, I can't give you links, but I can tell you that he was a real person. My eight grade teacher Mrs. Hanson told us a story about him. Sorry if this isn't helpful.