Baby Its Cold Outside

Just today I read of one of my favorite holiday songs being banned from the airwaves.  “Baby Its Cold Outside” is a fun lighthearted song about the exchange between two consenting adults trying to make light of their attraction to each other at time when social morals dictated the woman should be strong enough not to give into her sexual desires for fear of becoming known as a loose woman.

How sad that today’s society cannot see the song for what it was originally intended; a humorous look at the social morals of the day.  In the 1940’s when this song was written, “good girls” definitely did not stay overnight at a gentleman’s apartment.  For the most part, societal pressures meant every girl should be a “good girl”.  If not, you were the worst kind of woman definitely not a lady; a slut. And no upstanding woman wanted to sully her reputation that way.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
by: Frank Loesser, 1944

I really can’t stay – Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away – 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?
Father will be pacing the floor – Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry – Beautiful, please don’t hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more – Put some records on while I pour

The neighbors 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 – Mind if I move in closer?
At least I’m gonna say that I tried – What’s the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can’t stay – Baby don’t hold out
Ah, but it’s cold outside

I’ve got to get home – Oh, baby, you’ll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat – It’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand – Thrill when you touch my hand
Why 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 hold out
Ah, but it’s cold outside
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside

The message in the verses progresses from the girl states she must leave to saying she’s having a wonderful time but, she’s scared of what her family will think.  Taken into consideration the time the song was written, it is all quite tame while a bit of a tease.  The idea that this song was written as a date rape song is absolutely ridiculous.  Has our society become so politically correct that we cannot accept the past, the moral code of the time and the idea that someone else could possibly see the world differently?  

The writer and composer, Frank Loesser’s daughter was interviewed for an NBC News article about the song and how her father intended the song to be sung.  It was originally written for her parents to sing at holiday parties as entertainment for the other guests.  Sold to MGM and used in the 1949 movie Neptune’s Daughter, the song was performed first by Ester Williams and Ricardo Montalban and then later in the movie with the rolls reversed by Red Skelton and Betty Garrett.  Nothing in the movie indicates that either Ester Williams or Red Skelton was in danger of being violated. To view their performances on YouTube click HERE. 

As far as holiday music goes, “Baby Its Cold Outside” is one of my favorites.  Its perky, you can sing along either part or both parts, and it reminds me of a time when life was simpler and people cared what others thought; when a girl’s reputation was more important to her than a quick roll in the sheets.

In my opinion, if you think “Baby Its Cold Outside” is disturbing, you are wrong on so many levels.  Just because a few people think that something is wrong doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong for everyone.  So in the future why not try this; if you’re hearing it on the radio, you could just change the station or turn the radio off.

20 comments

  1. Thank you for posting this! I love this song and think of it as a cute playful song. I even have a big red fur M&M doll that plays this song, that I bought for my husband a few years ago. Nothing in this song is even remotely akin to date rape. Unlike a lot of music out there that is downright vulgar and degrading to women. I learned a long time ago that I am quite capable of changing the channel if I don’t like something on tv or radio.

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    • It’s quite a simple idea….change the channel, turn the radio off, do something to stop your personal ideas infringing on the world like seek therapy for yourself. I will always love the playfulness of this song and I consider it an infringement on my life that someone with an agenda is imposing their warped sense of whatever drove them to their actions on my life. What’s next? What will be censored next?

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      • I totally agree! Pretty bad when a very small percentage of people can dictate what I am allowed to see, hear or believe in. I caught something on the news last night about a school that is banning candy canes because someone complained about the religious connotation.

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      • What’s next? When will people realize their ideas, their beliefs are not necessarily those of everyone? And should not be imposed on everyone just because they believe that way. Seriously? a candy cane? Only those that buy into the religious connotations about the candy cane would think it anything beyond a piece of candy. Sounds to me like that complaining someone has some deep seated guilt they need to work out. Maybe some holiday therapy is in order for these folks.

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  2. We live in what has become a very ‘sick’ society and it becomes ever more sick. Yes, in the past women were often discriminated against in many ways but this song does not illustrate one of them. We should not forget that in many societies morals are still largely as they were at the time this song was written and are often all the better for it in many ways. I fear for children born recently and those to be born.

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    • I agree, my grandsons’ generation is in for a rude awakening. Life as we knew it; a simpler, kinder time cannot continue to exist with the political correctness imposed on our world; where the wishes of the few dictate to the population at large.

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  3. I agree totally – I was so disappointed. It was fun and playful and and flirty and if you’re banning this one then better chuck out a whole lot of rock and roll and a rap because this is child’s play comparatively. How sad and to be honest – pathetic.

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    • I find it hard to accept that a few people can pressure large corporations like radio stations to ban a song like “Baby Its Cold Outside” on the basis of a few complaints and let the kind of vulgar language that has become so acceptable in our society continue to play on the airwaves. Where is the equitable balance, where is the consideration for the public at large, where is their conscience? It was reassuring to read late last night that some stations have recanted after asking their listeners for their opinions where some had as high as 90% in favor of playing the song. I’ll be listening for them to start playing it again.

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  4. I love this song and there are many versions, including one of a woman trying to seduce a man (is that now wrong too according to the prudes?). I also love rom-coms and romance novels. Not my thing, but 50 Shades was hugely popular. So tired of ppl telling others what they mustn’t like! Great post!

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  5. People who are offended by songs like that should go and lock themselves up somewhere until they can straighten out their sick thinking. Everyone seems to be on the lookout for something to be offended by, and the more offended they become the more offensive they become.

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