By Heidi Stevens
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Based on its’ lyrics, a Minnesota couple decided the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ was ripe for either retirement or an update. So, they decided to write a new version of the song.
I can imagine a time when it seemed darling for a husband and wife to go around singing a little Christmas ditty about a randy man trying to seduce his reluctant date, as composer Frank Loesser and his wife, Lynn, apparently did in the 1940s.
And I can give thanks that I didn’t live in that time.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which sets a creepy, wintry scene to music (I ought to say no, no, no sir/ Mind if I move in closer?), sounds hopelessly dated (Say, what’s in this drink?) in an age of informed consent and egalitarian relationships, wherein pleading and plying women with alcohol is frowned upon.
Sex, after all, is a dish best served mutual.
So the song was ripe for either retirement or an update, and Minnesota couple Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski settled on the latter.
“At this point in time, the original song is totally unacceptable,” Liza, 22, a Twin Cities musician, told me. “It’s got pretty predatory undertones. There’s no way around it, especially with our generation.”
Lemanski, 25, agreed.
“The ‘What’s in this drink’ line? Our generation hears that as roofies.”
So they decided to write a new version of the song, which uses a light touch to make the song more palatable, but still playful.
I really can’t stay/ Baby I’m fine with that
“We wrote it exactly 50/50,” Lemanski said.
My mother will start to worry/ Call her so she knows that you’re coming
As soon as they posted the song on Sound Cloud, listeners began to weigh in on the site with passion.