Suvarna Garge (Editor)

Consider Yourself

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit

"Consider Yourself" is a song from the 1960s original West End and Broadway musical Oliver! and the 1968 film of the same name. It was introduced on Broadway by Davy Jones and the ensemble. In the 1968 film version, it is performed in the market and led by Jack Wild's Artful Dodger. In all versions, Dodger sings it when he first meets Oliver, after offering to get the destitute and alone boy food and lodging. Lyrically, it is an enthusiastic gift of friendship from Dodger and his as-yet-unseen gang to Oliver, assuring him warmly he can consider himself "our mate" and "one of the family" as "it's clear we're going to get along". The 1968 film builds it to a spectacular extended song-and-dance routine involving the street crowd, market workers, policemen and chimney sweep boys.

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1969 album The Chipmunks Go to the Movies.
  • This song was sung in the pilot episode of Sesame Street.
  • In 1977, the song was sung by The Muppets on the seventh episode of the second season of The Muppet Show to its guest star Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy.
  • A rearranged version of the song was used as the theme of the ITV sitcom Home to Roost.
  • In 2007, Richard Fleeshman and the cast of Avenue Q performed a cover version for the charity album Over The Rainbow.
  • In Christmas 2011, BBC One used famous celebrities to sing the song for promotion.
  • In the 2015 episode of Doctor Who, Sleep No More, Elaine Tan's character, Nagata, begins to tell the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, to "consider yourself", to which he sings "part of the furniture", before being corrected and told to consider himself under her command.
  • References

    Consider Yourself Wikipedia