Baby, It’s Cold Outside vs. Vehicle vs. Bitches Ain’t Shit But Hoes And Tricks

Baby, It’s Cold Outside vs. Vehicle vs. Bitches Ain’t Shit But Hoes And Tricks
This past year, a young couple from Minnesota, Josiah Lemanski and Lydia Liza, said the iconic song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” written in 1944 by Frank Loesser, promoted date rape. I really don’t think the term “date rape” was even in the American vocabulary in 1944. Frank Loesser and his wife, singer Lynn Garland, performed this song at cocktail parties at friends houses at the time.
“This song is a point-counterpoint between a man and a woman, each with very clear goals: she wants to go home, he wants her to stay. But does she really want to go home? Why does she refer to the strength of her drink? Is she using it as an excuse because she really does want to stay, because it IS cold outside?
According to Songfacts, this song is generally heard as whimsical fun, but the guy’s persistence is a little troubling to some. When she asks, “What’s in this drink?” it makes you wonder if he’s trying to get her drunk – or worse. Oh no!
To keep it from sounding predatory, the female voice in the song is usually a strong one, making it clear that it is her decision, seeing as she is a strong woman. Whatever that decision is we don’t know, do we?
In the end, it’s not clear what happens, as they join together to sing the chorus. So, whatever her final decision was we don’t know and Frank Loesser ain’t talking, he’s dead.
So, Lemanski and Liza did a reinterpretation of this song in 2016 with the lyrics altered to make the storyline more consensual so they can sleep better at night. Instead of pressing her to stay, the guy replies with lines like “Hoping you get home safe” and “Text me at your earliest convenience.” Ain’t that nice? If she left, I hope she didn’t freeze to death. Wouldn’t a gentleman offer to take her home?
So, if you millennials are taking umbrage to songs written in the 1940’s, I can’t imagine what’s going to happen when your fragile brains work their way into the ’60’s and ’70’s. The words to the songs my generation wrote will curl your toes.
Years ago, Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, commented on the songs his generation listened to now that they were older and compared them to the ones of the ’60’s generation and what we would be listening to when we reached old age. In particular, he said we would reminisce about Dancing In The Street, instead of songs like, say Red Sails In The Sunset, or even Baby It’s Cold Outside. He didn’t even touch on the controversial songs of the ’60’s and ’70’s, like the 1970 hit, Vehicle, one of my favorite songs, performed by the Ides of March.
The lyrics are both a love story and a tale of an unsavory guy who’s up to no good, according to Jim Peterik, who wrote the song. He said, “To me, the dichotomy is kind of cool. To me, the first line is the most important of all. The original line had nothing going for it. It had no scansion, it had no rhythm to it. When I came across, ‘I’m the friendly stranger in the black sedan, won’t you hop inside my car…”
Well, why don’t you be the judge? Here are some of the lyrics. It was every young lecher’s favorite song, especially if you took artistic license and interpreted the lyrics the way you wanted to which, evidently, the millennials like to do.
I’m the friendly stranger in the black sedan won’t you jump inside my car. I got pictures, I got candy and I can take you to see the stars. I’m your baby I’ll take you wherever you want to go. I want you, I need you, I got to have you, child.
Allow me to rewrite these lyrics so they are not so offensive. Here goes.
I’m the friendly Uber driver in the black sedan won’t you allow me to open the door so you can get inside my car. I got a safe place, I got candy and I can take you to see the stars. I’m your Uber driver I’ll take you wherever you want to go. I want you to enjoy your ride, I need you to enjoy your ride so I can keep my job. I got to have a good review, child.
Talk about lacking scansion, but, then again, I’m not the one offended by the original version of this song.
Now, to me, it’s possible the original lyrics may be a bit predatory and I can see where some millennial may feel a need to rewrite them so they aren’t so offensive but when they finish with Vehicle, they may want to take on the Hip Hop industry.
And speaking of curling your toes. The Hip Hop music’s conscious condescension to women is clearly evident in that all time favorite hit of the National Organization of Women and other women on the left, Bitches Ain’t Shit But Hoes And Tricks, by Dr. Dre, that should really set you off. Though Dr. Dre doesn’t use the dreaded “P” word in this particular melody, some of Hip Hop songs of love do and the “P” word is probably the least offensive of them all.
Can you imagine this? Maybe Donald Trump has been listening to too much Hip Hop and it has skewered his moral compass.
How do these intellectual elites expect the sane proletariat to take them seriously when they think a song like Baby It’s Cold Outside is promoting date rape and they don’t take umbrage to lyrics in songs like Vehicle, and, heaven forbid, America’s all-time leading favorite, Bitches Ain’t Shit But Hoes And Tricks?
This is just more nonsensical rhetoric we have had to endure from the far left for the past fifty years. It’s no wonder many of us applaud the arrival of Donald Trump. We will welcome anyone who can bring some sanity back to this world.