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Song Author: Frank Loesser
Baby, It's Cold Outside

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a pop standard with words and music by Frank Loesser.

The recording by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan was recorded on April 28 and released by Decca Records as catalog number 24644. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on June 17, 1949 and lasted seven weeks on the chart, peaking at number 17.

Originally, it was never intended to be a Christmas song. In its early years it was played year round. In recent years, however, it was recorded by numerous adult contemporary artists and began being played as a Christmas song.

Loesser wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party, and performed it toward the end of the evening, signifying to guests that it was nearly time to end the party. Lynn considered it "their song," and was furious when Loesser sold the song to MGM.

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. 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. Though the song does not specifically reference any holiday, it is often regarded as a Christmas song due to the lyrics' depiction of a snowy backdrop, as well as the cozy interior setting that is described by the "wolf" character.

The nature of this particular back-and-forth banter has led to the song becoming known, in some quarters, as the "Christmas date-rape song".

Examples of questionable lyrics in this regard include "Say, what's in this drink?", "I simply must go", "The answer is no", "I've got to go home". It is frequently heard on adult contemporary radio stations around Christmas time.