Christmas is on its way and everyone is getting ready for it.
Present lists are being written, Christmas movie nights (opens in new tab) are being organised and pretty soon the annual stream of classic festive tunes (opens in new tab) will be blasting out of our car radios once again.
But there’s one classic jingle that is set to get a bit of a makeover this year – and it’s all to do with highlighting the importance sexual consent.
We secretly love the annual line-up of festive ditties that get ingrained in our heads between Halloween and New Year’s Eve.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Driving Home for Christmas, All I Want For Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock.
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But there’s one tune that, when we actually listen to the lyrics properly, seems rather inappropriate.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside has been part of the annual Christmas playlist since we can remember, making it’s debut way back in 1944.
And while some may strut around it at winter get-togethers thinking of the jam as a romantic Christmas jingle, when listening to the lyrics that is actually far from what it is.
The song is actually about man not letting a woman leave and go home.
He spends the entirety of the classic tune urging the woman to spend the night with him while the woman repeatedly refuses and even asks at one point “Hey, what’s in this drink?”.
But after the strength of 2017’s #MeToo movement the song is now being re-released with brand new lyrics – and by none other than Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.
The musical duo has reworked the lyrics to the Christmas classic to be suitable for today’s post #MeToo movement world.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, singer John revealed that he had rewritten the tune with American writer and comedian Natasha Rothwell and had recorded it with his fellow The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson.
The new lyrics even include a line by John where he sings “It’s your body, and your choice.”
And if you want to hear the new tune to get you in the Christmas spirit, it will be featured on John’s festive album A Legendary Christmas.
We’re ready for all the seasonal jingles!
Aleesha is a digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what the best buys are at any moment. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.
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