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MUSIC NEWS | Minneapolis artists revamp “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with consent

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By: Maddy Siiter

Minneapolis artist Lydia Liza recently released a cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” emphasizing the importance of consent.

The original version, which first came out in 1949 by Frank Loesser, centers around a conversation between a woman – who clearly wants to leave, and a man who doesn’t want to let her. For such a supposedly merry time, it’s particularly sexually aggressive with the lyrics:

“What’s the sense of hurting my pride?”, “How can you do this thing to me?” and “I’ve ought to say no, no, no, sir” with the reply “Mind if I move in closer?”

But with Liza’s version – accompanied by Josiah Lemanski, a different route is taken. The revamped lyrics are much more understanding… and settling. Liza’s calls remain the close to the same as the original, but this time Lemanski replies are respectful and emphasize the importance of consent. “I hope you get home safe” and “I’m glad you had a real good time.”

And if the push for consent isn’t enough, when Liza asks the cringe-worthy question “Say, what is this drink?” Lemanski cheerfully replies, “Pomegranate LaCroix!”

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