John Legend has rewritten the lyrics of Baby It & # 39; s Cold Outside to what has been described as & # 39; date rapey & # 39; replace elements of the number with phrases like & # 39; it's your body and your choice & # 39; and & # 39; I will call you a car & # 39 ;.
The revised version of the iconic festive track appears on his new Christmas album. He plans to sing it as a duet with Kelly Clarkson.
Although Legend did not reveal all the new lyrics, he teased some in a recent interview with Vanity Fair and others came out in Entertainment Weekly.
What was originally: & # 39; I have to leave, but baby, it's cold outside & # 39; in Frank Loesser's & # 39; s 1944 version of the song is replaced by & # 39; I have to leave, I can call you a ride & # 39; in Legend & # 39; s. He collaborated with Insecure star Natasha Rothwell to write the new texts.
It is not the first time that the lyrics of the song have caused controversy.
And while many embraced Legend & # 39; s & # 39; woke & # 39 ;, # MeToo-era version of it, others called it & # 39; pathetic & # 39 ;.
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John Legend and Kelly Clarkson (shown in May 2018) are working together for his new Christmas album to sing the rethinked version of the song
ORIGINAL LYRICS (in part)
I really can't stay (but darling, it's cold outside)
I have to leave (but darling, it's cold outside)
This evening has been (hoping you would come by)
So very nice (I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice cream)
My mother is starting to worry (nice what are you in a hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the roar of the fireplace)
So I really get along better (nice please don't hurry up)
But maybe only half a drink more (set some records while I cast)
The neighbors may think (honey, it's bad there)
Say what's in this drink? (there are no taxis to be found)
JOHN LEGEND & # 39; S NEW LYRICS
I really can't stay (baby It's Cold Outside)
I have to leave (I can be called a lift
This evening has been (like this glad you came by)
So very nice (tI spent with you is paradise
My mother is starting to worry (I call a car and tell them to hurry up)
What will friends think (I think they should rejoice)
If I have another drink? (It is your body and your choice)
Legend has not yet released the full number. It is on his Christmas album, on November 8.
One of the critics was Gayle King, who sighed at CBS this morning after hearing the new lyrics and said, "I'm driving it crazy."
& # 39; You have to look at the meaning of the song. They flirt, it's fun.
& # 39; Good for John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, but grumpy yankies – it's OK, it's a nice song! & # 39;
The original lyrics have been criticized in recent years for seeming to diminish the idea of female consent for sex.
The line & # 39; say what's in this drink? & # 39; has been particularly controversial and, according to some, a reference to date-rape.
Some have also argued that the tug of war it depicts, in which the singer protests that she must leave while her male counterpart tries to convince her to spend the night, is a reference to a woman's ongoing struggle against society and as expected will be well-behaved.
Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban sing the song in Neptune & Daughter in 1949. It was originally written in 1944 and sung by a number of famous musicians
Gayle King sighed Tuesday and said that although she liked John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, the original song & # 39; nice & # 39; and there was nothing wrong with it
The song was written in 1944 by Frank Loesser, an iconic American songwriter who wrote the music for Guys and Dolls among other Broadway shows.
It has long been claimed that he wrote the song to sing with his wife for a housewarming party to indicate to the guests that it was time for everyone to leave.
Over the past 70 years it has been recorded by artists such as Dean Martin, Doris Day and Bing Crosby, James Taylor and Natalie Cole, Michael Buble with Anne Murray and then Idina Menzel, Christina Aguilera with Cee-Loo Green.
The legend itself has not yet commented on the new lyrics, nor does Clarkson record the song with the original lyrics for her Christmas album 2013 with Ronnie Dunn.
In recent years, Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen have built a reputation as outspoken Democrats who sympathize with liberal goals.
Their constant criticism of Trump caught the president's attention and he pulled them out in a Twitter tirade.
Negative response: some called it & # 39; pathetic & # 39; that they had rewritten the classic holiday song
He called Legend & # 39; boring & # 39; and Teigen & # 39; filthy with the mouth & # 39; and complained that they did not give him any credit for signing a criminal justice reform that he was sent to by Kim Kardashian West.
The legend called the president in his recent Vanity Fair interview a & # 39; terrible person & # 39; and said he believes he only signed in on the reform to gain credibility with stars.
& # 39; It's a cheap win for (Trump). But the people who get leniency are real people with families.
& # 39; So even if the leniency is won by his tendency to be a celebrity whore, it is still useful for that family and that person.
At the same time, he locks children in cages and is a terrible person, & he said.
Praise: Others welcomed the updated version and said it was the & # 39; anthem of the future & # 39; would be
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