Mack The Knife: Lenny Dee

Mack The Knife: Lenny Dee l LadyDpiano


Mack The Knife

English words by Marc Blitzstein
Original German words by Bert Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill

Key: C Major, Modulates to Eb
Time: 4/4 Brightly

Lenny Dee has written an arrangement that is real nice. You can read more about him, here.

Mack The Knife Lyrics


Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear,
And he shows them pearly white;
Just a jack-knife has Macheath, dear,
And he keeps it out of sight!

When the shark bites with his teeth, dear,
Scarlet billows start to spread;
Fancy gloves, though, wears Macheath, dear,
So there's not a trace of red!

On the sidewalk Sunday morning
Lies a body oozing life;
Someone sneaking 'round the corner;
Is the someone Mack the Knife?

From a tugboat by the river,
A cement bag's dropping down;
The cement's just for the weight, dear;
Bet ya Mackie's back in town!

Louie Miller disappeared, dear,
After drawing out his cash,
And Macheath spends like a sailor;
Did our boy do something rash?

Suky Tawdry, Jenny Diver,
Polly Peachum, Lucy Brown;
Oh, the line forms on the right, dears,
Now that Mackie's back in town!

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear,
And he shows them pearly white;
Just a jack-knife has Macheath, dear,
And he keeps it out of sight!

Just a jack-knife has Macheath, dear,
And he keeps it out of sight!

Here's Lisa Stansfield singing Mac The Knife on YouTube. So many artists like, Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong has done this song. Do you have a favorite song from this era?



Mack The Knife Chords

C6 = GACE/A
G7 = GBDF/A
C = GCE/B
Ebdim = GbACEB
Dm7 = FACD/D
G7 = GBDF/B
C6 = GACE/A

repeat

G9 = FABE/E
C = GCE/C
B7 = F#ABD#/B
Bb7 = FAbBbD/Bb

modulation

Eb6 = GBbCEb/Eb
Edim = EGBbDb/C#EGC
Bb7 = FAbBbD/DFAbC
Bbaug = F#BbD/DF#AbC
Eb6 = GBbCEb/EbGBbC
Cm = GCEb/F
F#dim = F#ACEb/C
Fm = FAbC/F
Bb7 = FAbBbD/D
Eb6 = GBbCEb/C
Bb7 = FAbBbD/DFAbCEb
Bbaug = F#BbD/Ab
Eb = GBbEb/G
F#dim = F#ACEb/C
Fm = FAbC/F
E7 = EG#BD/AbCbDG
Eb = GBbEb/Eb
Eb7 = G/GBbD
Ab = Ab/EbAbC
Cb = A/EbGbBb
Bb7 = Bb/FAbBb
Eb6 = GBbCEb/GBbCEb


Enjoy playing this famous song. It has a glissando in it, along with triplets in the melody line.

Have fun jamming along with this software product from HearandPlay, Backpocket Band.

All the best,

-- LadyD

"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

Learn Love Will Keep Us Together

Love Will Keep Us Together: Chords l Piano Diana



One of my favorite Grammy award winning songs is a huge hit from the 70s, Love Will Keep Us Together! It's pretty straight forward and you'll be jamming in no time at all!

Love Will Keep Us Together

Words & Music by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield

Key: C
Time: 4/4 Moderately

12 chords used in this song
C                                          Gm6/Bb
Love ... love will keep us together
                                 A7
Think of me, babe, whenever
                                F 
Some sweet-talking guy comes along, singing his song
 Fm
Don't mess around, you got to be strong
        C                              Caug
Just stop... cause I really love you.
C6                C7
Stop - I'll be thinking of you
F                C                G7sus4          C
Look in my heart and let love keep us together
C                                        C9
You... you belong to me now
                               A7
ain't gonna set you free now
                                     F
When those guys start hanging around, taking me down
Fm
Hear with your heart and you won't hear a sound
        C                                     Caug
Just stop... cause I really love you
C                                   Caug
Stop - I'll be thinking of you
F                 C               G7sus4             C
Look in my heart and let love keep us together
C7
Whatever
Eb               Bb      F   G#                                      C
Young and beautiful someday your looks will be gone;
Eb               Bb                    F         G#                        G7sus4
When the others turn you off who'll be turning you on?
G7sus4
I will, I will, I will
C                                 C9
I will be there to share forever
                                 A7
Love will keep us together
                                F
Said it before and I'll say it again, while others pretend
Fm
I need you now and I'll need you then
C6                                       Caug
Just stop... cause I really love you
C6                  C7
Stop - I'll be thinking of you
F                 C                  G7sus4            C
Look in my heart and let love keep us together
C7
Whatever



Repeat from "I will"

Here's a video of this popular song that was sung by The Captain and Tenille.



Chord Breakdown from the above chord chart with lyrics:


C =  C/EGAD

Gm6/Bb = Bb/EGBbD

A7 = A/EGAC#

F = F/FAC

Fm = F/FAbC

C = C/EGC

Caug = C/EG#C

C6 = C/EAC

C7 = C/EBbC

Dm7 = D/FAC

C = C/EGBD

Gaug = G/FAbBEb

Here's a free pdf of the song in D, Love Will Keep Us Together.












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