During yesterday's 4-hour drive home from a blissful weekend mountain getaway, we listened to Pandora's "Indy Holidays" station and a catchy, wispy rendition of the Christmas classic, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" came on. I have to admit, over the years, this song has kind of given me the creeps - you know with that whole cat-and-mouse-predator-male-trying-to-entice-helpless-vulnerable-female-to stay "with just a half drink more" part. But wait, something was different about this version covered by She and Him. Aside from the fact that the "She" in the duo was actress, Zoey Deschanel, the male and female roles were reversed! See for yourself, the lyrics in red are traditionally covered by a female, but in this version they are covered by the male vocal. While still a bit creepy, this version (while filling us with that warm holiday spirit) forces us to challenge our perceptions and stereotypes about gender roles....even though I doubt his father will be pacing the floor if he stays just a little longer.
Baby It's Cold Outside