Monday, December 9, 2013

Baby, It May Be Cold Ouside, But Back On Off Me Or I'm Hitting 911 on My Speed Dial

Act #343:  Switch up the boy/girl parts, just for effect.

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

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
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 a half a drink more - Put some music 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 a little 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
Ahh, but it's cold outside

I've got to go home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there
Say, lend me your comb - It's up to your knees out there
You've really been grand - Thrilled 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 - Making 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
Ahh, but it's cold outside

Baby it's cold outside



  1. This song has always given me the creeps as well.

  2. Never paid attention to the words. Definitely creepy! Love She & Him though. :)