Radio station plays 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' for 2 hours straight

December 20, 2018

from wsbtv:

 

A Kentucky radio station did not turn a cold shoulder to a classic Christmas song that has been receiving heated criticism.

 

WAKY held a two-hour marathon, playing the 1944 hit “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and four other versions of the song, defiantly bucking the trend of radio stations that have been pulling the tune from their playlists because of claims the song normalizes date rape, WLKY reported.

 

"I'm not sure why it's controversial," Joe Fredele, director of programming for WAKY, told the television station. "We've played this song for years, you know, this song is older than WAKY is."

 

 

Last month, a Cleveland radio station removed the song from its playlist, saying that its lyrics may not be appropriate, particularly since the #MeToo movement began, WOIO reported.

 

"We really need to think about the impact that songs have, not just 'Baby, It's Cold Outside,' but numerous songs that we decide to play on the radio," Amy Turner, the director of sexual assault services at The Center for Women and Families, told WLKY.

 

The song, written by Frank Loesser, includes lyrics normally sung by a woman, including “Say, what’s in this drink?” and “I simply must go,” followed by the woman singing “The answer is no.”

 

Here is the full lyrics for the original song: 

 

(I really can't stay) But, baby, it's cold outside
(I've got to go away) But, 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 half a drink more) 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

(I ought to say no, no, no, sir) Mind if I 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 
[Both] Baby, it's cold outside

(I simply must go) But, 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 the 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
(But maybe just a cigarette more) Never such a blizzard before

(I got to get home) But, baby, you'd freeze out there
(Say lend me a coat) It's up to your knees out there
(You've really been grand) I thrill 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) Think of 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

[Both] Baby, it's cold outside

 

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