Thursday, December 09, 2010

'Baby It's Cold Outside' is Actually a Little Creepy

Baby, It's Cold Outside


When you think about it, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" seems like a date rape song disguised as a Christmas tune.



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 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)
but maybe just a half a drink more
(put some records on while I pour)

The neighbors might faint
(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 in hurtin' my pride)

I really can't stay
(oh baby don't hold out)

Both:baby it's cold out side

I simply must go
(but baby it's cold outside)
the answer is no
(but baby it's cold outside)

Your welcome has been
(how lucky that you dropped in)
so nice and warm
(look out the window at that storm)

My sister will be suspicious
(gosh your lips look delicious)
my brother will be there at the door
(waves upon the 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've gotta 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 lifelong sorrow)
at least there will be plenty implied
(if you got namonia and died)

I really can't stay
(get over that old out)

Both:baby it's cold
baby it's cold outside


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3 comments:

  1. Good grief - it's like a holiday version of Every Breath You Take by The Police! Creepy...

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  2. Oh, It is not creepy! It was written years ago and was a light romantic little tune. If you try hard enough you can make anything creepy, or sick, or dirty, or subversive even. But why would you?

    Here's info on the song the way it was intended!!

    "Frank Loesser wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland. It has become a pop standard with both words and music by Frank Loesser.

    "In 1948, Loesser sold its rights to MGM, which inserted the song into its 1949 motion picture, Neptune's Daughter. The film featured two performances of the song: one by Ricardo Montalbán and Esther Williams and the other by Red Skelton and Betty Garrett. These performances EARNED LOESSER AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR
    BEST ORIGINAL SONG."

    If you keep it in context as it was written, it's a nice song. It came from a more innocent and balanced time and should be viewed in the same way.

    If we start trying to make old songs politically correct or to "clean them up", not only is that copywrite infringement it would just about knock out every song ever written!

    (Sorry, I didn't mean to rant. Can you tell that this is important to me and other songwriters??) :)

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  3. @Mellodee, it's not a problem. I'm glad you responded, and I'm especially glad to know about the song's history. I know it's not REALLY a date rape song. It's just one of those songs whose meaning (sort of) changed over the years.

    In actuality, it sounds to me like the guy's a little whiny and desperate, and the woman is just playing it coy, but actually likes the guy. But that's just not as funny.

    I appreciate your writing in, and I'm really glad you're reading my stuff. Thank you for the comment!

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