Baby It’s Cold Outside – Johnny Mercer/ Margaret Whiting

February 9, 2022

Today’s song of the day is “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting.

Fun Facts

  • The song was originally written in 1944 by Frank Loesser.
  • It became popular when it was a central song in the movie Neptune’s Daughter.
  • The song has had its share of controversy as many feel the lyrics glorify sexual harassment and even rape.
  • The song pits the wolf against the mouse, which is why it is usually performed as a duet with a male and female singer.
  • Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer performed the song with an orchestra on March 18, 1949.
  • The rendition by Whiting and Mercer peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard’s Records Most Played by Disk Jockeys Chart.
  • As of the year 2020, more than 400 recordings of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” have been registered.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

I really can’t stay

Baby, it’s cold outside

I gotta go away

Baby, it’s cold outside

This evening has been

Been hoping that you’d dropped 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

I’ll 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

Why thank you

I ought to say no, no, no sir

Mind if 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 out

Baby, it’s cold outside

Ah, you’re very pushy you know?

I like to think of it as opportunistic

I simply must go

Baby, it’s cold outside

The answer is no

But baby it’s cold outside

The welcome has been

How lucky that you dropped in

So nice and warm

Look out the window at that 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!

Well maybe just a cigarette more

Never such a blizzard before

And I don’t even smoke

I’ve got to get home

Baby, you’ll freeze out there

Say lend me your comb

It’s up to your knees out there!

You’ve really been grand,

I feel when I touch your hand

But don’t you see?

How can you do this thing to me?

There’s bound to be talk tomorrow

Think of my lifelong sorrow!

At least there will be plenty implied

If you caught pneumonia and died!

I really can’t stay

Get over that old out

Baby, it’s cold

Baby, it’s cold outside

Okay fine, just another drink then

That took a lot of convincing!

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