"Reviewing the Situation" is a song featured in the stage musical Oliver! and its 1968 film adaptation of the same name. It features Fagin who, after being threatened by Bill Sikes, starts to consider whether or not a life of crime is all it is cracked up to be and throughout the song he assesses all his options.


Character Original London Cast Original Broadway Cast 1968 Film 1983 London Revival 1984 Broadway Revival 1994 London Revival 2009 London Revival 2011 U.K. Tour Revival
Fagin Ron Moody Clive Revill Ron Moody Ron Moody Ron Moody Jonathan Pryce Rowan Atkinson Brian Conley

Neil Morrissey


A man's got a heart, hasn't he?
Joking apart - hasn't he?
And tho' I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint,
I'm finding it hard to be really as black as they paint...

I'm reviewing the situation
Can a fellow be a villain all his life?
All the trials and tribulations!
Better settle down and get myself a wife.
And a wife would cook and sew for me,
And come for me, and go for me,
And go for me, and nag at me,
The fingers, she would wag at me.
The money she would take from me.
A misery, she'd make from me...

...I think I'd better think it out again!

A wife you can keep, anyway,
I'd rather sleep, anyway.
Left without anyone in the world,
And I'm starting from now.
So "how to win friends and to influence people"
--So how?

I'm reviewing the situation,
I must quickly look up everyone I know.
Titled people - with a station -
Who can help me make a real impressive show!
I will own a suite at Claridges,
And run a fleet of carriages,
And wave at all the duchesses
With friendliness, as much as is
Befitting of my new estate...

[Good morrow to you, magistrate!]

...I think I'd better think it out again.

So where shall I go - somebody?
Who do I know? Nobody!
All my dearest companions
Have always been villains and thieves...
So at my time of life
I should start turning over new leaves...?

I'm reviewing the situation.
If you want to eat - you've got to earn a bob!
Is it such a humiliation
For a robber to perform an honest job?
So a job I'm getting, possibly,
I wonder who my boss'll be?
I wonder if he'll take to me...?
What bonuses he'll make to me...?
I'll start at eight and finish late,
At normal rate, and all... but wait!

...I think I'd better think it out again.

What happens when I'm seventy?
Must come a time...seventy.
When you're old, and it's cold
And who cares if you live or you die,
Your one consolation's the money
You may have put by...

I'm reviewing the situation.
I'm a bad 'un and a bad 'un I shall stay!
You'll be seeing no transformation,
But it's wrong to be a rogue in every way.

I don't want nobody hurt for me,
Or made to do the dirt for me.
This rotten life is not for me.
It's getting far too hot for me.
There is no in between for me
But who will change the scene for me?
Don't want no one to rob for me.
But who will find a job for me

...I think I'd better think it out again!


Other AppearancesEdit

  • The song appeared on the following albums:
    • Oliver!
    • Oliver! (Original Cast Recording)
    • Oliver! (The Original Cast Recording) [Remastered]
    • Oliver! - 1994 London Palladium Cast Recording
    • Oliver (Original Soundtrack)
    • Oliver (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
    • Oliver the Musical
    • Greatest Musicals Double Feature: Oliver and My Fair Lady
    • Lionel Bart's Oliver








See AlsoEdit

           Oliver!Navbox Songs

Oliver, OliverBoy for SaleYou've Got to Pick a Pocket or TwoBe Back SoonReviewing the SituationReviewing the Situation (Reprise)

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