A Christmas classic is “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” It was written and composed by Frank Loesser. He wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party. The best known rendition is with Doris Day and Dean Martin. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey did a more recent version of this classic (Both renditions are at the end of this post).
Have you ever listened to the words? They are a perfect picture of how subtle and persuasive the Adversary is in tempting people to sin. Now don’t go all crazy thinking I’m looking for a demon behind every bush… I love the song. It just struck me that Satan’s schemes were exposed by such a well known and innocent song.
We say no… he asks why not? We say why… he gives an alternative. We object… he suggests an option. We resist… he calmly plays on our emtion. We begin to rationalize… he slightly increases his temptation. We begin to justify… he flatters and begins pulling us in. We give in… and he wins. Conversely, in Scripture were told to “flee temptation.” In other words… RUN FROM IT! The longer we linger the more likely we are to fall!
After the lyrics, I have the YouTube videos so you can listen to either Doris Day (The picture of innocence) and Dean Martin (Mr. Suave himself) OR Nick and Jessica sing the song while reading the words. Start whichever video you want… then scroll back up to read the lyrics.
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
And 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 in hurting my pride
I really can’t stay – Baby don’t hold out
Ahh but it’s cold outside (Together)
I simply must go – But baby, it’s cold outside
The answer is no – But baby, it’s cold outside
This 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 – Oooo your lips are delicious
Well maybe just a cigarette more – Never such a blizzard before
I’ve got to get home – Oh, baby, you’ll 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 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 outside (Together)
This YouTube has a static picture of Dean Martin and about half way through a person I don’t recognize… but the song is the reason for puting here.