Yesterday we were driving home after church. Our 3-year-old in the backseat suddenly said, "Why won't he let her go?" It took me a minute to figure out what she was talking about. I figured out she was listening to the lyrics of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which was playing on the radio. I have not laughed that hard in a long time.
This particular version of the duet was sung by Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton:
I find it absolutely hilarious that this version has excised the line about "just one cigarette more" but kept the "say, what's in this drink?" line. It's totally OK to spike a girl's drink so long as no one is smoking.
Or are we talking about putting an extra shot of alcohol in a drink? My feminist friends assure me that this really a song about date rape and roofies -- the man is taking advantage of an unwilling victim.
Remember when our society had innuendo? Remember when social constraints made seduction sexy?
Anyway, while researching this song, I found out something fascinating and horrifying. It apparently played a part in radicalizing Sayyid Qutb, leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and intellectual father of the Al Qaeda movement! From Wikipedia:
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is mentioned in a key passage from The America I Have Seen, a 1951 book by the influential Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb. He described the scene as a record of the song was played at a church dance in the town of Greeley, Colorado: "The dance hall convulsed to the tunes on the gramophone and was full of bounding feet and seductive legs ... Arms circled waists, lips met lips, chests met chests, and the atmosphere was full of passion." In Lawrence Wright's "The Looming Tower," Wright records how this song helped form the anti-American feelings of Qutb, and Wright records that he came home to Egypt "even more radicalized." Qutb was part of the Muslim Brotherhood when he returned to Egypt, was imprisoned twice, and executed in 1966.
Oddly enough, this is one of my parents' favorite songs and they met in Greeley, Colorado.
Anyway, harmless Christmas standard or responsible for some of the worst evil in the world? You decide.