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
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.
Notable ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ duets;