What is the meaning of the song "Mack the Knife"?

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  • 10 years ago
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    "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?"

    • steve b3 months agoReport

      ITS ABOUT A HIT MAN

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  • dubuc
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    3 years ago

    Mack The Knife Lyrics

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  • 5 years ago

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  • 10 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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  • galle
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    3 years ago

    Billows Definition

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  • Hannah
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    4 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.

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  • 10 years ago

    http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=564

    You'll probably find the info you're looking for there.

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