Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside

I have been seeing this blog post circulating around the last few days and I just have to say something...

This song is NOT about rape!  It's NOT about trying to drug or force a woman to do anything!!!

First of all, it was written in 1944.  A very different time socially in the world.

Secondly, read/listen to the lyrics!  She is saying she needs to go home because her parents/brother/sister/aunt will all be worried/suspicious.  She is worried about the neighbors talking.  She keeps finding excuses to stay (maybe another drink/cigarette).  She doesn't really want to leave his company but convention says she should.

When she says "Hey what's in this drink?", I don't think it's meant that he drugged her or is (IMHO) merely another excuse to stay.

According to Wikipedia: "There is also the line "Hey, what's in this drink", which is seen as implicative of alcohol affecting the woman's judgement or that she has been drugged.  However, many movies, at the time the song was written, used a similar line to refer to someone behaving in a different manner than they expected and blaming it on the alcohol."

Judge for yourself:

"Baby It's Cold Outside"

(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 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, 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 doubt
[Both] Baby, it's cold outside

(I simply must go) Baby, it's cold outside
(The answer is no) 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 old doubt
[Both] Baby, it's cold
[Both] Baby, it's cold outside

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