1. I just looked at ianosmond’s link, and there are some creepy images there. How old are those models?

    If anyone fails to recognize the quote, it’s from Consider Yourself in the musical Oliver.

  2. “But there are times that you feel you’re part of the scenery
    All the greenery is comin’ down, boy
    And then your wife seems to think you’re part of the furniture
    Oh, it’s peculiar, she used to be so nice”

    (Supertramp-Take The Long Way Home)

    Doesn’t the phrase “part of the furniture” speak to feeling one’s being taken for granted?
    So that line from the Oliver song jumps out at me.

  3. @Grawlix: That’s a good point. Maybe there was a shift in meaning between 1960 and 1978. It can be a cross-Atlantic difference, since both are from British writers. Or since it’s the Dodger singing, it’s a subtle clue that all is not entirely well.

  4. We’re not looking at 1969 and 1978, though, because Oliver takes place in the 19th century. And even at that, we might be looking less at the 19th century lower class London meaning of the phrase than at “this is a lyric that fits the music well.”

  5. The woman embedded in armchair is disturbing enough, but the plaster torso of Venus
    perched atop the end-table with such slender legs is also troubling, leaving
    me waiting for a crash and a cloud of plaster dust and splinters, the squeal
    of a hastily retreating cat, and the inevitable reappearance of said cat,
    grooming itself in innocent hauteur.

  6. “So that line from the Oliver song jumps out at me.”

    That that *isn’t* the line for the Oliver song. The Oliver song is “Consider yourself part of the family”.

    This is just a play on that. I’m not aware that “part of the furniture” is a “common phrase” but its meaning of being overlooked would be self-evident and clear.

  7. …. unless it’s meant to be intentionally ironic.

    Consider yourself so welcome that we won’t even notice you and will overlook you just like we overlook everyone in our family.

    Maybe. Is the play that cynical?

  8. Oh, I see you’ve already picked up on that.

    Do you still see it as negative or cynical? In context, especially with the music, I think a pretty simple positive sense comes thru.

  9. As an amateur lyricist, I’m well aware that poor usages and incorrect meanings get into songs because when you need to match rhyme and scansion, meaning and grammar get more fluid.

  10. Consider yourself … in the mansion.
    Consider your rhymes … having scansion.

  11. (from memory only, sorry)

    To a world too prone to be prosaic,
    I bring my own panacea,
    An iota of iambic
    And a tittle of trochaic,
    Added to a small amount of onomatopoeia

  12. “Do you still see it as negative or cynical?”

    Well, not necessarily. But I truly can not see “Consider yourself part of the furniture” as anything but negative and belittling. ANd in the lyrics it doesn’t actually rhyme (it doesn’t even elide) with anything that I have to wonder what in the world the lyricists were thinking. I haven’t seen the play but read the book. So deliberate cynicism was a working explanation. But it probably won’t bear out.

  13. “I truly can not see “Consider yourself part of the furniture” as anything but negative and belittling. ”

    How about “quite terrifying”? See Edogawa Rampo’s classic mystery/horror short story “The Human Chair.”

  14. ““I truly can not see “Consider yourself part of the furniture” as anything but negative and belittling. ”

    How about “quite terrifying”?”

    The 2nd Season of the Amazon Tick had a subplot of hum furniture which was quite gross. (I wonder if it was based on the Soylent Green concept of people who prostitute themselves out for places to live are called “furniture”; which is also belittling) But that does not negate “negative and belittling”. It merely amps it up.

    In any event I still stand by my assertion I can’t see it as anything non-negative…. prove me wrong, children; prove me wrong.

  15. A vaguely poetical man
    To write a short poem began,
    But try as he might,
    The poem wouldn’t rhyme,
    And he couldn’t even figure out how to make it scan.

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