Note: I'm breaking away from movies because I feel it's important to talk about this.
There is a controversy that cracks through the ice and waddles off the rink each holiday season. Is "Baby, It's Cold Outside" a predatory song? She does say no to him, after all. He is persistent. But, I think people decrying it because of the undertones aren't looking deep enough.
I really can't stay (But, baby, it's cold outside)
I've got to go away (But, baby, it's cold outside)
This evening has been (Been hoping that you'd drop in)
So very nice (I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice)
They've already had an evening together. It's amicable thus far. She acknowledges they had a pleasant time.
My mother will start to worry (Beautiful, what's your hurry?)
My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)
So, really, I'd better scurry (Beautiful, please don't hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more (Put some records on while I pour)
She asks for the drink. He says "please don't hurry". He is asking her to linger, and she seems to want it, too.
The neighbors might think (Baby, it's bad out there)
Say, what's in this drink? (No cab's to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell)
She keeps thinking about the judgment she'll receive more than anything else and seems worried about being labeled a slut. "I wish I knew how to break this spell" means she finds him irresistible. He sweeps her under. Sounds like lust/love and not a scared filly.
One of the biggest lines people point to in order to say the song is r*pey is "what's in this drink?". Defenders of the song say that was an old joke or excuse to do what you wanted (blame it on the alcohol). I just thought he made it stronger than he usually does for her because women weren't given the strong stuff as much.
I ought to say, "No, no, no, sir" (Mind if I move in closer?)
At least I'm gonna say that I tried (What's the sense of hurtin' my pride?)
She "ought to say no" doesn't mean she wants to. She simply feels she must. He asks if he can close the distance between them but doesn't just demand or do it.
The answer is no (But, baby, it’s cold outside)
Your welcome has been (How lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (Look out the window at the storm)
She does say "no" here, but most versions I've heard come with hesitation or a giggle on the line. She just finished telling him she feels she has to refuse his offer... not that she wants to! So, though he maybe should have pushed her out into the blizzard without a pause, perhaps he thought it wasn't what she preferred.My sister will be suspicious (Gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious (Gosh your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before)
I’ve gotta get home (But, baby, you’d freeze out there)
Say, lend me a comb (It’s up to your knees out there)
You’ve really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)
But don’t you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)