‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ – Banned?

It seems that the seemingly innocent seasonal song, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ might have sinister undercurrents.

Radio stations across the US and Canada decided to pull the perennial favourite from their playlists this year due to its unsavoury content.

Those who support the ban say the references to ‘date rape’ are clear and should no longer be supported by playing the song over the airwaves.

However, there are those who feel that this is crazy and that the song needs to be seen in the context in which it was written. Written back in 1944 Frank Loesser’s intentions and meaning would have been a product of the day and should not be judged by today’s standards.

Is there a case to be answered?

Why not judge for yourself – here are the complete lyrics from 1944. Let us know in the comments below what you think.

 

I really can’t stay. But, baby, it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away. But, baby, it’s cold outside
This evening has been. Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice. I’ll hold your hands they’re just like ice

My mother will start to worry. Beautiful, what’s your hurry
My father will be pacing the floor. Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry. Beautiful, please don’t hurry
Well, maybe just half a drink more. Put some records on while I pour

The neighbours might think. Baby, it’s bad out there
Say what’s in this drink. No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how. Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell. I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell

I ought to say no, no, no, sir. Mind if I move in closer
At least I’m gonna say that I tried. What’s the sense of hurting my pride
I really can’t stay. Baby, don’t hold out
[Both] Baby, it’s cold outside

I simply must go. But, baby, it’s cold outside
The answer is no. But, baby, it’s cold outside
The welcome has been. How lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm. Look out the window at the storm

My sister will be suspicious. Gosh your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door. Waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious. Gosh your lips are delicious
But maybe just a cigarette more. Never such a blizzard before

I got to get home. But, baby, you’d freeze out there
Say lend me a coat. It’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand. I thrill when you touch my hand
But don’t you see. How can you do this thing to me

There’s bound to be talk tomorrow. Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied. If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can’t stay. Get over that holdout

[Both] Baby, it’s cold outside

The song has been covered by pretty much everyone in the business originally featuring the Hollywood movie ‘Neptune’s Daughter’ starring Ricardo Monteblan and Esther Williams in 1949. Whenever a celebrity duo gets together over the festive period you’re more than likely to hear this standard.

‘Neptune’s Daughter’ starring Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams, 1949.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ duets;

Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart

Cerys Mathews and Tom Jones

Ray Charles and Betty Carter

Dean Martin and Martina McBride

Willie Nelson and Norah Jones

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6 Comments

  • For crying out loud who thinks these things up. Wasn’t this written in 1944? I don’t think the idea of date rape was on anyone’s mind at that time. It’s all perfectly innocent. I do wish some people would get a life.

  • Baby it’s cold outside is a national treasure. I would have hoped that all the singers that have covered this wonderful song would have refused to sing it if they thought it was a wrong un!!

  • Well said Hazel I couldn’t have put it better myself. its a pity some people haven’t got anything better to do. What will they think up next, I suppose mommy was being unfaithful and Rudolph had a red nose because he’d been drinking the wine left out for Santa.

  • Whoever bought this ridiculous issue about this sweet innocent song from our past to the public attention has a sick twisted mind and too much time on their hands something should be done about them .world gone mad.

  • Well some of us certainly didn’t get the memo. Those who read it and chose to agree with the info then you certainly missed a marvellous rendition of this very song last night, 15.12.18, at the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham.
    It surely was cold and wet outside. If anyone felt uncomfortable no, no, no, sir. They didn’t want to break the spell and get away from listening to Tom Rodgers and his New Tottenham Singers.
    Get a life people. Im glad I didn’t go way.

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