John Legend and Kelly Clarkson Update ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ for 2019

The pair puts a new spin on the problematic song
By , RADIO.COM

Before we begin another year of debate over “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” John Legend is here to offer you another option.

For the deluxe edition of his A Legendary Christmas album, the singer has teamed up with his fellow judge from The Voice, Kelly Clarkson, to deliver a more consenting edition of the Christmas classic. In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Legend details the new updated lyrics, more appropriate for 2019.

“What will my friends think,” Clarkson sings in the call-and-response tune. “I think they should rejoice,” Legend responds. “If I have one more drink?” answers Kelly. “It’s your body, and your choice,” assures John.

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The updated lyrics were created with the help of Natasha Rothwell from HBO’s Insecure, and offer a different version of events from the song many consider out-of-touch and out-of-date. Last year, controversy continued over the song first written in 1944, with several radio stations refusing to play it. It has become somewhat of a cultural lightning rod, with Legend becoming the latest to enter into the mix.

According to Entertainment Weekly, elsewhere Legend offers to call Clarkson a car, rather than insist that she stay, like in the original.

I really can’t stay (baby it’s cold outside)

I’ve gotta go away (I can call you a ride)

This evening has been (so glad that you dropped in)

So very nice (time spent with you in paradise)

My mother will start to worry (I’ll call a car a tell ‘em to hurry)

A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition from John Legend arrives on November 8, with pre-orders now available.

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