Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife

First performance: 17/01/1990


Bruce performed the song only once:
1990-01-17 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY 
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame all-star jam. Bruce shares lead vocals on "Long Tall Sally" with John Fogerty, and plays guitar and sings backing vocals on the rest of the songs. Inducted into the Hall Of Fame are Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Who. 
Pro-shot video available. Audio of "Substitute", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Pinball Wizard", and "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" was officially released in 2011 on the compilation album Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Vol. 1: 1986-1991 (Live), and video of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", Substitute", "Won't Get Fooled Again", and "Pinball Wizard" is available on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live DVD. 


"Die Moritat von Mackie Messer" (later known as "Mack the Knife" or "The Ballad of Mack the Knife") is a song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama Die Dreigroschenoper, or, as it is known in English, The Threepenny Opera. It premiered in Berlin in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. The song has become a popular standard recorded by many artists. Mack the Knife" was introduced to the United States hit parade by Louis Armstrong in 1956, but the song is most closely associated with Bobby Darin.

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist


Oh the shark, babe
Has such teeth, dear
And he shows them
Pearly white
Just a jackknife
Has old Macheath, babe
And he keeps it
Out of sight

You know when that shark bites
With his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows
Start to spread
Fancy gloves, though
Wears ol' Macheath, babe
So there's never, never a trace of red

Now, on the side walk, ooh Sunday morning, uh huh
Lies a body just oozing life. EEK!
And someone's sneaking round the corner
Could that someone be Mack the Knife?

There's a tugboat down by the river, don't you know
Where a cement bag's just a drooping on down
Oh that cement is just, it's there for the weight, dear
Five'll get ya ten, ol' Mackie's back in town

Now did ya hear 'bout 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?

Now, Jenny Diver, Suky Tawdry
Oh, Miss Lotte Lenya, and ol' Lucy Brown
Oh the line forms on the right, babe
Now that Mackie's back in town

I said, Jenny Diver, oh Suky Tawdry
Look out, Miss Lotte Lenya, and ol' Lucy Brown
Yes, that line forms on the right, babe
Now that Mackie's back in town
Look out ol' Mackie is back!