The song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has had many lives. The first recording of the holiday classic came out in 1949, performed by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban. Frank Loesser wrote the song with the intention of performing it with his wife at parties. In the past few years, however, some have called the song out for what they see as creepy undertones. In it, a woman sings, “I really can’t stay,” and the man she’s with insists — repeatedly — that she stay longer.
Minneapolis-based singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski are among those who take issue with its lyrics. “It was meant to be playful, but all those lyrics just sit wrong with me — especially being from this generation,” Liza says.
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