I really can't stay (but, baby, it's cold outside)
I've got to go away (but, baby, it's cold outside)
This evening has been (been hoping that you'd drop in)
So very nice (I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice)

My mother will start to worry (beautiful what's your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I'd better scurry (beautiful please don't hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)

The neighbors might think (baby, it's bad out there)
Say what's in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell)

I 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 hurtin' my pride?)
I really can't stay (oh, baby, don't hold out)
But (oh), baby, it's cold outside

I simply must go (but, baby, it's cold outside)
The answer is no (but, baby, it's cold outside)
Your welcome has been (how lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (look out the window at this dawn)

My sister will be suspicious (gosh, your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunt's mind is vicious (gosh, your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before)

I've gotta get home (but, baby, you'd freeze out there)
Say, lend me a coat (it's up to your knees out there)
You've really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)
But don't you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)

There's bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my lifelong sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied (if you got pneumonia and died)
I really can't stay (get over that old doubt)
Baby, it's cold
Baby, it's cold outside


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Baby, It's Cold Outside Lyrics as written by Frank Loesser

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    reminds me how much the social norms have changed over the years.

    ilisajasmineon February 01, 2008   Link
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    Not sure why, but this song always makes me think of Christmas...a snowy holiday season when people tend to be in high spirits. Definitely written at a time when life was easier; more private; and more romantic. It's just a great song and no other version comes close in quality.

    rolypolywoofwoofon December 13, 2011   Link
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    “what’s in this drink?”

    just sounds extra creepy these days...

    grenon December 12, 2020   Link

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