A Minnesota couple has reworked the classic “Baby it’s cold outside” in an effort to underline the importance of consent.
The new version by Singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski, both from Minneapolis, starts “I really can’t stay/Baby I’m fine with that.”
“I’ve always had a big problem with the song. It’s so aggressive and inappropriate,” Lemanski, 25 told CNN. Liza, 22, said she had similar feelings, “We started thinking of the open-ended questions that song has,” she said. “You never figure out if she gets to go home. You never figure out if there was something in her drink. It just leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.”
In the reworked version the story of a woman leaving a party remains the same but instead of questioning her decision her date encourages her to get home safely. Before she goes they even make a date for the next day at The Cheesecake Factory.
“Emphasizing consent is one of the causes that I’ve always really been behind because I don’t think I can think of one friend of mine who’s a woman who hasn’t been in dangerous situations with men. I’ve always cared about this so much” Liza said.
You can hear their new version on their Soundcloud page here (or with the embeded player below.) and checkout the full lyrics from the reworked version below.
I really can’t stay/Baby I’m fine with that
I’ve got to go away/Baby I’m cool with that
This evening has been/Been hoping you get home safe
So very nice/I’m glad you had a real good time
My mother will start to worry/Call her so she knows that you’re coming
Father will be pacing the floor/Better get your car a-humming
So really I’d better scurry/No rush.
Should I use the front or back door?/Which one are you pulling towards more?
The neighbors might think/That you’re a real nice girl
What is this drink?/Pomegranate La Croix
I wish I knew how/Maybe I can help you out
To break this spell/I don’t know what you’re talking about
I ought to say no, no, no/you reserve the right to say no
At least I’m gonna say that I tried/you reserve the right to say no
I really can’t stay/…Well you don’t have to
Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to get home/Do you know how to get there from here
Say, where is my coat/I’ll go and grab it my dear
You’ve really been grand/We’ll have to do this again
Yes I agree/How ’bout the Cheesecake Factory?
We’re bound to be talking tomorrow/Text me at your earliest convenience
At least I have been getting that vibe/Unless I catch pneumonia and die
I’ll be on my way/Thanks for the great night