Baby It’s Cold Outside is the sexual predator’s Christmas song that gets played this time of year. It is meant to be a romantic duet. But if you really listen to the words you will see it is a song saying that sexual harassment is O.K. It is the story of a young woman repeating over and over that she wants to leave. An older, more powerful man keeps making unwelcome sexual advances while he pressures her to stay. The “romantic” conclusion to the song is that the young woman finally gives in and stays with the man, even though this will completely destroy her reputation with her family and neighbors.
Baby It’s Cold Outside was written by Frank Loesser for the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter. The surprising part is that the original song in the film is sung by Ricardo Montalban and Ester Williams, who are not known as singers. In that version, Ricardo Montalban gets very “handsy” with Ester Williams. Several times she tries to leave his apartment and every time, he grabs her arm and moves her back onto the couch.
The more times we read the lyrics to Baby It’s Cold Outside, the creepier the song seems. Especially disturbing is the fact that the woman says “Say, what’s in this drink?” right after drinking something the man gives her. It sounds like the guy is using a page right out of Bill Cosby’s playbook. The song has been covered many times, with Dean Martin singing many versions with many different female vocalists. One of Dean Martin’s versions is what you usually hear on the radio.
So, here are the complete lyrics of the duet Baby It’s Cold Outside, and we have indicated the man and the woman’s parts. Read them and decide for yourself, if this is innocent flirtation, or a creep trying to force a young woman into doing something against her will?
Woman: I’ve got to go away
Woman: So very nice
Woman: My father will be pacing the floor
Woman: But maybe just a half a drink more
Woman: Say what’s in this drink?
Woman: To break this spell
Woman: At least I’m gonna say that I tried
Woman: The answer is no
Woman: So nice and warm
Woman: My brother will be there at the door
Woman: But maybe just a cigarette more
Woman: Say lend me a coat
Woman: But don’t you see?
Woman: At least there will be plenty implied
Woman: Baby, it’s cold
Man: Baby, it’s cold outside
Time Magazine just named The Silence Breakers as their 2017 “Person Of The Year.” Along with the five women whose faces are shown, there is a sixth women on the cover, where we see only her elbow. That unnamed women is meant to represent the thousands of women who have been sexually harassed over the years , but whose stories have never become public. Like the woman in Baby It’s Cold Outside, who is trying over and over to politely get away from a man who simply will not stop grabbing at her.