Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside, in common with a lot of the Christmas songs I’ve chosen this week, isn’t actually about Christmas. The song was written way back in 1944 by a songwriter called Frank Loesser. Many of Frank’s songs appeared in musicals and he received five Academy Award nominations for Best Song. His only Oscar, though, was for Baby, It’s Cold Outside, which appeared in the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter. The song is a duet between an eager gentleman and a reluctant lady and its success at the Oscars spawned the release of no fewer than seven different versions later that year. Four of these made it onto the singles charts and my favourite of those is the extremely playful one by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan that I already posted here as part of a post about some particularly cold weather that visited these shores back in January. The above photo was taken on Henry St in Limerick a few weeks ago and, currently, it’s even colder outside, baby. The duet features a back-and-forth conversation between a courting couple that seems to take place in the man’s home. The girl’s constant attempts to return to her parents’ are continually thwarted by her suitor’s efforts to get her to stay, as he stresses the so-called dangers posed by the low temperature outside. Despite its apparent quaintness, the song continues to be popular with new versions being added each year. I’ve chosen a duet between Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone that appears on the soundtrack to Elf (2003). Look out for another Christmas duet before the week is out

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Frank Loesser) – Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone

The 12 Songs of Christmas Archive