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Friday, August 04, 2006
Look out ol' Mackie is back! -vww

For those of you who are my age, you might remember this TV commercial from the 80s. It was an attempt to sell the Big Mac and didn't turn out very successful. Ironically, there were Mac Tonight toys even though the ad seemed to be targetted at adults.

Nevertheless, Mac Tonight was one of my most memorable McDonald's commercial, due to the catchy tune and the freaky pale crescent head. Or maybe his sunglasses reminded me of Ray Charles.

Imagine my surprise when I saw Mac Tonight back up on the glass panels of the McDonald's at Kovan today, after an absence of more than a decade. It's funny I was just thinking about Mac Tonight earlier this year because I finally found out where the tune came from.

The song that originally carried that melody was called Mack the Knife. While McDonald's modified the lyrics to this,
When the clock strikes/ Half past six babe
It's time to head for/ Golden light
It's a good time/ For the great taste
(Dinner) at Mcdonald's/ It's Mac Tonight!

the ballad of Mack the Knife is actually about a criminal called MacHeath who commits a variety of crimes, including murder. There's actually a long and interesting history behind this song and if you are the patient type, you can read it here.

The popular version by Bobby Darin is a lot less dark and with the upbeat music, you won't really think about the content. It's one of my favourite songs at the moment and the lyrics are as follows. If you like the bloodier version, go here.

Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin version

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.

Ya know when that shark bites, with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves, though, wears old MacHeath, babe
So there's nevah, nevah a trace of red.

Now on the sidewalk ... uuh, huh ... whoo ... sunny mornin' ... uuh, huh
Lies a body just oozin' life ... eeek!
And someone's sneakin' 'round the corner
Could that someone be Mack the Knife?

A-there's a tugboat ... huh, huh, huh ... down by the river don'tcha know
Where a cement bag's just a'droopin' on down
Oh, that cement is just, it's there for the weight, dear
Five'll get ya ten old Macky's back in town.

Now, d'ja hear 'bout Louie Miller? He disappeared, babe
After drawin' out all his hard-earned cash
And now MacHeath spends just like a sailor
Could it be our boy's done somethin' rash?

Now ... Jenny Diver ... ho, ho ... yeah ... Sukey Tawdry
Ooh ... Miss Lotte Lenya and old Lucy Brown
Oh, the line forms on the right, babe
Now that Macky's back in town.

Aah ... I said Jenny Diver ... whoa ... Sukey Tawdry
Look out to Miss Lotte Lenya and old Lucy Brown
Yes, that line forms on the right, babe
Now that Macky's back in town ...

Look out ... old Macky is back!!

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