“Mack the Knife” is a famous song from “The Threepenny Opera,” which opened in Berlin in 1928 and was introduced to American audiences in 1933. “Meckie Messer” is an approximation (mine) of how the Germans pronounced Mack the Knife.
“Und der Haifish, der hat Zahne
Und die tragt er im Gesicht.
Und Macheath, der hat ein Messer
Doch das Messer sieht man nicht.”
“Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear,
And he shows ‘em, pearly white.
Just a jackknife has Macheath, dear,
And he keeps it out of sight.”
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "M" is for "Meckie")
In the following conversation, Who is the well-known character they’re talking about?
“Take a look at this knife, Frank. We think you can help us. And maybe we’ll be able to help you.”
“Help me? I don’t need no help. When you don’t do nothin’ wrong, you don’t need help from cops.”
“Well, this was involved in a tense situation a couple of days ago. Sort of a homicide. You know that girl everyone calls Jennie T?”
“Yeah; heard of her. Seen her around. Why? She in trouble?”
“Worse. She’s dead.”
“Oh. I don’t suppose it’s worth pointing out that I had nothin’ to do with it.”
“No, but we think you know who did.”
“Tell me, maybe I seen too much TV, too much flimsy evidence, but are you the good cop or the bad cop?”
“Oh, I’m a switch-hitter – good or bad, whatever the situation calls for. Look, let’s cut to the chase. We’re looking for your pal Meckie. If that’s his name.”
“It’s his nickname, actually.”
“All we want to do is ask a few questions. You’ll be helping him if you let us know where he is because we’ll be able to clear him that much faster.”
“Yeah, sure, I’d bet on that: all you want to do is clear him.”
“And by the way, you know that Meier robbery that’s been in all the papers? We’re pretty sure he pulled that off. So there’s a hefty reward if you want to cooperate.”
“I’ll tell you a funny thing about the guy, but maybe you know it already. He does some heavy stuff but no one ever pins anything on him and whenever they question him he knows nothin’ about nothin’. You got your work cut out, man.”
“But you had your disagreements, to say the least, with him in the past. This is a chance to get back at him.”
“I'm not hungry to get back at him because I don’t want him to get back at me. Let me tell you about this guy; he doesn’t even own a gun. He usually strolls around with a just a knife, but you’d never see it until it was too late. So I guess I’ll have to turn down your offer.”
(The answer will be posted Saturday.)