Have you heard the new John Legend and Kelly Clarkson version of the Christmas classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside?”
You know, the “woke” “#MeToo-friendly” update featuring lyrics like, “It’s your body, and your choice”? (Yes, that’s a real verse from the song.)
Well, Legend recently took to Twitter to let the internet decide what they think of the new “PC” lyrics, posing the question,
“A welcome update or ‘PC Culture run amok & destroying everything great in the history of music?'”
And, the internet spoke.
Some praised Legend for the remake:
But, the vast majority of comments slammed the song as disrespectful PC garbage:
On Youtube, the song feedback was just as negative.
What do you think of the song?
Listen to the lyrics here yourself and decide!
And, here's the full song lyrics:
[Verse 1: Kelly Clarkson & John Legend]
I really can't stay (Baby, it's cold outside)
I've got to go away (But, I can call you a ride)
This evening has been (I'm so glad that you dropped in)
So very nice (Time spent with you is paradise)
My momma will start to worry (I'll call the car and tell him to hurry)
My daddy will be pacing the floor (Wait, what are you still livin' home for?)
So, really, I'd better scurry (Your driver, his name is Murray)
But maybe just a half a drink more (Oh, we're both adults, so who's keepin' score?)
What will my friends think? (I think they should rejoice)
If I have one more drink? (It's your body and your choice)
Ooh, you really know how (Your eyes are like starlight now)
To cast a spell (One look at you and then I fell)
I ought to say, "No, no, no, sir" (Then you really ought to go, go, go)
At least I'm gonna say that I tried (Well, Murray, he just pulled up outside)
[Chorus: Kelly Clarkson, John Legend & Both]
Oh, I really can't stay
(I understand, baby)
Baby, it's cold outside
[Verse 2: Kelly Clarkson & John Legend]
I simply should go (Text me when you get home)
Oh, I'm supposed to say no (Mm, I guess that's respectable)
This welcome has been (I've been lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (But you better go before it storms)
My sister will be suspicious (Well, gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (Oh, he loves my music, baby, I'm sure)
My gossipy neighbor is vicious (I'm a genie, tell me what your wish is)
But maybe just a cigarette more (Oh, that's somethin' we should probably explore)
I've got to get home (Oh, baby, I'm well aware)
Say, lend me a coat (Oh, keep it girl, I don't care)
You've really been grand (I feel it when you touch my hands)
But don't you see? (I want you to stay, it's not up to me)
There's bound to be talk tomorrow (Well, they can talk, but what do they know?)
At least there will be plenty implied (Oh, let them mind their business and go-)
Uh, ma'am, I really can't stay
[Chorus: Kelly Clarkson & Both]
Baby, just go
It's cold, baby
It's cold, baby
But, ooh, I don't wanna go
It's cold outside
For comparison, here's the most popular Dean Martin version of the classic:
Among the voices criticizing Legend's remake is Dean Martin's daughter Deanna.
Page Six has more to say on this:
Baby, it’s woke outside.
Singers John Legend and Kelly Clarkson will release a remake of the classic Christmas tune “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with new “consent-friendly” lyrics Friday — and the remake is already receiving a chilly reception.
The new #MeToo-fueled version of the holiday ditty scrubs the song of lines in which a male suitor insists that a woman stay because the weather is bad, for ones where he calls her a cab and asks her to text him when she gets home.
In another eye-rolling instance, Clarkson’s character asks, “What will my friends think? If I have one more drink?” to which the Legend ‘s suitor replies: “It’s your body and your choice.”
In a lighter moment, Clarkson offers up the excuse, “My father will be pacing the floor,” to which Legend replies, “Wait, what do you still live at home for?”
The song will be released on a deluxe edition of Legend’s Christmas album, “A Legendary Christmas,” also out Friday.
But news of the duet — released in 1949, and famously crooned by the likes of Bing Crosby and Doris Day — has already been met with a flurry of criticism.
Nay-sayers include Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin, who sang one of the most popular version of the hit.
“You do not change the lyrics to the song,” she fumed on “Good Morning Britain” earlier this week, adding that the new song is oddly more sex-focused.
“He made it more sexual with those words … and I think what he’s done is, he’s stealing the thunder from [composer] Frank Loesser’s song and from my dad,” she said.
WZZM13 also commented on the Legend remake release:
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson's new take on "Baby It's Cold Outside" has arrived.
Written by Frank Loesser in 1944, the classic Christmas duet is about a man who tries to convince a woman to spend the night at his place, because it's too cold to leave. The woman gives a series of excuses why she must go.
Legend and Clarkson collaborated on the 2019 remake, which features some updated lyrics. The original song has garnered backlash in recent years, in particular because of the line where the woman asks "What's in this drink."
That line, among others, have been replaced in this new versio. Some of the revised lyrics include:
"What will my friends think..." / "I think they should rejoice."
"...if I have one more drink." / "It's your body, and your choice."
Over the years, the duet has been performed by a number of famous duos, including Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton, Ray Charles and Better Carter and Lady Gaga and Joseph-Gordon Levitt.
Even before the rewritten song's release, some were adamantly speaking out against it.
Dean Martin's daughter, Deana, called it "absurd" and claimed Legend was "stealing the thunder from Frank Loesser’s song and from my dad."
“He should write his own song if he doesn’t like this one. Don’t change the lyrics," Deana Martin said