The Horror Honeys: Murder Monday Jam - 'Mack the Knife'

Murder Monday Jam - 'Mack the Knife'

You know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves, though wears old MacHeath, babe
So there's never, never a trace of red

On a sidewalk, blue Sunday mornin'
Lies a body just oozin' life
Some, someone's sneakin' 'round a corner
could that someone be Old Mack the Knife?

Originally, "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer", was composed for a German musical drama Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera. Heard in several different versions in the United States, Mack had a different voice for every artist that covered him. Louis Armstrong's jazzy version version of Mack took the 50s by storm, and crooner Bobby Darin had a number one hit with it (which was also covered in a delicious way by Kevin Spacey), making Mack smooth, sexy, and big band cool. However, my favorite version of this creepily upbeat song about a mafia-styled hit-man with his cement bags and back alley dealings is by Ella Fitzgerald - she even calls out Louis and Bobby at the end, and I'm always a fan of the ladies doing it for themselves. ~HH