Baby, It's Cold Outside


Favorite Song

One of my favorite songs is Baby, It's Cold Outside. The song is a duet between a man and a woman, and one of the singers attempts to convince a guest that they should “stay together for a romantic evening because the weather is cold and the trip home would be difficult.”1 I love this song because it's playful and flirty. It's also funny to listen to someone talk themselves into doing something they know they shouldn't do. I aso love the contrast in voices, because this song is almost always sung by both a man and a woman. I've never heard the song live, but I might be able to if I attend a performance by Lee Ann Womack.

1Baby, It's Cold Outside. Wikipedia. Accessed September 5, 2015.


I first heard a version performed by Ray Charles and Betty Carter, which was on the album they released in 1961, and re-released with bonus tracks in 1988.


Essential Classics, a 1961 album featuring Ray Charles and Betty Carter



The song was written by Frank Loesser, an American songwriter, in 1944. Loesser wrote songs for Broadway, and won several Tony Awards. He won an Academy Award for Best Song for Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

The song was originally recorded for the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter, a romantic comedy starring Esther Williams, and Ricardo Montalbàn (among others).




Over the years, the song has been performed by many singers, including:

  • Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan
  • James Taylor and Natalie Cole
  • Drew Carey and Shirley Jones
  • Willie Nelson and Norah Jones
  • Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart
  • Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
  • Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé
  • Lee Ann Womack and Harry Connick, Jr.


The lyrics are:

  1. I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside
  2. I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside
  3. This evening has been - Been hoping that you'd drop in
  4. So very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice
  6. My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what's your hurry?
  7. Father will be pacing the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar
  8. So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry
  9. Maybe just a half a drink more - Put some records on while I pour
  11. The neighbors might think - Baby, it's bad out there
  12. Say, what's in this drink? - No cabs to be had out there
  13. I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight now
  14. To break this spell - I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell
  16. I ought to say no, no, no - Mind if I move in closer?
  17. At least I'm gonna say that I tried - What's the sense in hurting my pride?
  18. I really can't stay - Baby don't hold out
  19. Ah, but it's cold outside
  21. I've got to get home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there
  22. Say, lend me your coat - It's up to your knees out there
  23. You've really been grand - Thrill when you touch my hand
  24. Why don't you see - How can you do this thing to me?

Performance schedule for Lee Ann Womack

Date Time Location
September 18 7:00 pm Bridgestone Arena
September 24 9:00 pm
Cancelled Avalon Theatre
September 26 8:30 pm Renaissance Theatre

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