This Couple Changed The Lyrics To 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' To Reflect A Culture That Values Consent

A much-needed update to the popular Christmas song.

If you've ever really listened to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser, you've probably noticed that it's incredibly creepy and problematic. Throughout the entire tune, a man is trying to coerce the woman he's with to stay when all she wants to do is go home. One lyric that should stand out as disconcerting is when the woman asks, "Say, what's in this drink?" 

This certainly isn't a Christmas song suitable for a culture that cares about consent and preventing sexual assault. Luckily, singer-songwriter couple Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski just decided to give the 1944 song a much-needed update. 

"I've always had a big problem with the song. It's so aggressive and inappropriate," Lemanski told CNN

"We started thinking of the open-ended questions that song has," Liza said. "You never figure out if she gets to go home. You never figure out if there was something in her drink. It just leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth."

Their frustration with the song inspired the couple to take an hour to rewrite the lyrics to show what a consensual relationship sounds like. 

You can listen to their new and improved version of the song here:

"I ought to say no, no, no," sings Liza.

"You reserve the right to say no," Lemanski replies. 

And, we finally find out what's in her drink is just some refreshing pomegranate flavored La Croix. 

It won't surprise us if some people hear the news of the couple's rewrite and respond with sentiments like, "it's just a song." But music reflects the culture of where we are and we certainly should do everything we can to promote a culture that values consent. Even if it's something as small as taking a little time to rewrite problematic Christmas songs most people sing nonchalantly without thinking twice about. 

Read the "updated" lyrics in their entirety below:

I really can't stay/Baby I'm fine with that

I've got to go away/Baby I'm cool with that

This evening has been/Been hoping you get home safe

So very nice/I'm glad you had a real good time

My mother will start to worry/Call her so she knows that you're coming

Father will be pacing the floor/Better get your car a-humming

So really I'd better scurry/No rush.

Should I use the front or back door?/Which one are you pulling towards more?

The neighbors might think/That you're a real nice girl

What is this drink?/Pomegranate La Croix

I wish I knew how/Maybe I can help you out

To break this spell/I don't know what you're talking about

I ought to say no, no, no/you reserve the right to say no

At least I'm gonna say that I tried/you reserve the right to say no

I really can't stay/...Well you don't have to

Baby it's cold outside

I've got to get home/Do you know how to get there from here

Say, where is my coat/I'll go and grab it my dear

You've really been grand/We'll have to do this again

Yes I agree/How 'bout the Cheesecake Factory?

We're bound to be talking tomorrow/Text me at your earliest convenience

At least I have been getting that vibe/Unless I catch pneumonia and die

I'll be on my way/Thanks for the great night


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