Baby, It's Cold OutsideI really can't stay- But baby it's cold outsideI've got to go away- But baby it's cold outsideThis evening has been- Been hoping that you'd drop inSo very nice- I'll hold your hands, they're just like iceMy mother will start to worry- Beautiful, what's your hurry?My father will be pacing the floor- Listen to the fireplace roarSo really I'd better scurry- Beautiful, please don't hurryWell maybe just a half a drink more- Put some records on while I pourThe neighbors might think- Baby, it's bad out thereSay, what's in this drink?- No cabs to be had out thereI wish I knew how- Your eyes are like starlightTo break the spell- I'll take your hat, your hair looks swellI ought to say no, no, no, sir- Mind if I move in closer?At least I'm gonna say that I tried- What's the sense in hurting my pride?I really can't stay- Baby don't hold outOh, but it's cold outsideI simply must go- But, baby, it's cold outside.The answer is no- But, baby, it's cold outside.This welcome has been- How lucky that you dropped in.So nice and warm- Look out the window at that storm.My sister will be suspicious- Gosh, your lips look delicious.My brother will be there at the door- Waves upon a tropical storm.My maiden aunt's mind is vicious- Oh, your lips are delicious.Maybe just a cigarette more- Never such a blizzard before.I've got to go home- But, baby, you'll freeze out thereSay, lend me your coat- It's up to your knees out thereYou've really been grand- I'm thrilled when you touch my handBut don't you see- How can you do this thing to me?ByThere's bound to be talk tomorrow- Think of my life long sorrowAt least there will be plenty implied- If you caught pneumonia and diedI really can't stay- Get over that hold outOhhh, baby it's cold outside
The lyrics in this duet are designed to be heard as a conversation between two people, marked as "mouse" and "wolf" on the printed score; they have returned to the "wolf's" home after a date, and the "mouse" decides it's time to go home, but the "wolf" flirtatiously invites her to stay as it is late and "it's cold outside." Every line in the song features a statement from the "mouse" followed by a response from the "wolf". Usually the "wolf" part is sung by a male and the "mouse" by a female.
Criticisms of the song stem from a reading of the lyrics not as the "mouse" wanting to stay and only putting up a token protest for the sake of appearance as supported by lyrics such as "The neighbors might think...", "My father will be pacing the floor", but instead as the "mouse" genuinely wanting to leave but being stopped by the "wolf" being coercive in his pleading with the mouse. Examples of questionable lyrics in this regard include, "I simply must go", "The answer is no", "I've got to go home". There is also the line "Hey, what's in this drink", which with current interpretation could be taken to sound suspiciously like the "mouse" has been drugged. Many movies, at the time the song was written, used a similar line to refer to someone behaving in a different manner than they expected and blaming it on the alcohol.
P.S. The veterinarian's office was closed yesterday, so as soon as I can take HRH to the vet today, I will give a short post on what i find out. She's still not acting like she feels well, so hopefully the vet can tell me what's wrong with my lovely little 15 year old feline friend.