Squeeky-clean John Legend has rewritten the Christmas song Baby It’s Cold Outside and removed all its so-called controversial lyrics.
The anodyne Voice coach rewrote it with another middle-of-the-road star, Insecure’s Natasha Rowell.
Incredibly, last year Baby It’s Cold Outside – a massive hit for Dean Martin decades ago – was pulled by a radio station after complaints over its lyrics.
Glenn Anderson, a host for the station, said at the time it had been banned because of lyrics that were ‘manipulative and wrong’.
He said: “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”
Gleaming Glen must be so relived as Legend’s version now goes:
“What will my friends think…”
“I think they should rejoice,”
“…if I have one more drink?”
“It’s your body, and your choice.”
In recent years, lyrics such as “Say, what’s in this drink?” and the back-and-forth prompting of the male to get the female to stay has faced criticism.
Dean Martin’s daughter last year gave an icy response to the radio ‘snowflake luvvies’ who banned Baby it’s Cold Outside.
“It’s a cute, flirtatious and romantic song by Frank Loesser written in 1944,” Deana Martin has said.
Dean died aged 78 in 1995, since then Deana has continued sharing her father’s songs in her own stage show.
She said: “I love performing Baby It’s Cold Outside and will continue to do so.”
The song won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’ in the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter and has been recorded by some of the world’s top recording artists, including Tom Jones.
The political correctness of the song has been debated for years by the snowflake luvvies of the broadcast media and others who just want to court publicity by damning a traditional bit of whimsy.
A radio station in Ohio banned it after just one listener complained.
“It wasn’t really our decision,” WDOK host Desiray said at the time. “It’s the decision of our listeners.
“I would not want my daughter to be in the kind of situation described in the song,” she said.
However, Eric Wiltsher, managing director of Europe’s leading radio station RTI.fm, has put his station behind a Facebook campaign, Dean Martin for Christmas. He said: “Ban John Legend’s copycat version and ignore the snowflakes. We’re right behind Dean Martin’s Baby It’s Cold Outside, so let’s make it NUMBER ONE for Christmas!”
Here are the original ‘offending’ lyrics:
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)
But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)
The neighbours 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?)
But not everybody is shocked by the lyrics – here’s a list of some of the performers who celebrated it’s flirty humour:
- Margaret Whiting & Johnny Mercer (1949)
- Al Hirt & Ann-Margaret (1964)
- Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé (2014)
- Lady Gaga (featuring Joseph Gordon-Leavitt) (2013)
- Darren Criss & Chris Colfer (2011)
- Haley Reinhart & Casey Abrams (2011)
- Darius Rucker & Sheryl Crow (2014)
- Brett Eldredge & Meghan Trainor (2016)
- Jacob Whitesides & Orion Carloto
- by Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel (2003)
- Lady Antebellum (2009)
- Ray Charles & Nina Simone
- Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton (2004)
- Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey (2004)