'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Not A Date-Rape Song, Says Daughter of The 1940's Song Writer

A woman whose father wrote the Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside," said people have the meaning of the song all wrong. She said the song has no correlation to date rape or any reasons why it was probably shelved at one radio station.

Susan Loesser, 74, told NBC this week that her father, Frank Loesser, had no ill-will when he wrote the song in 1944 for him and his wife to sing at Christmas parties. Susan went as far to blame Bill Cosby for music listeners getting so politically correct that a Cleveland radio station pulled the song from its rotation of Christmas music.

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody," Susan Loesser told NBC. "Way before #MeToo, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song. I would get annoyed because it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties. But ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time."

WDOK Christmas 102.1 FM in Cleveland confirmed last week it pulled the song from its rotation after getting complaints from listeners who claimed the song conjured undertones of sexual harassment.

"It wasn't really our decision. It's the decision of our listeners," WDOK midday host Desiray said, adding that the station's listeners help develop the holiday song lineup.

In the age of the #MeToo movement, it appears the lyrics written more than 70 years ago don't sit well in today's world. For example, one part of the song has the female singer saying, "what's in this drink?" Though some say it eerily relates to Bill Cosby drugging women's drinks, Susan Loesser said the time frame of the song's text is more geared for those in the 1940's and 50's.

"I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time," she said. "People used to say 'what's in this drink' as a joke. You know, 'this drink is going straight to my head so what's in this drink?' Back then it didn't mean you drugged me."

The song is about a woman inside a man's home, and she says it's time to go home, but the man tries convincing her to stay by saying it's cold outside.

For each reason she gives to leave, he tells her it's too cold, or he somehow blames the weather as to why she should stay.

Here are the first set of lyrics. The female singing the first part (with male singer in parentheses).

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 hurtin' my pride?)

I really can't stay (Baby don't hold out)

Baby it's cold outside

Though the song was supposedly written for Christmas parties, it's been recorded by some top artists over the last 50 years. They include Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Carmen McRae, Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Buble and Idina Menzel, Bing Crosby and Doris Day, as well as many others.

WDOK's website is the place most of its listeners voted to remove the song, with most citing the lyrics are too heavy reminders of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

"People might say, Oh, enough with that #MeToo, but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it's not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation," Desiray said. "The tune might be catchy, but let's maybe not promote that sort of an idea."

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