AceShowbiz - Now that holiday season is fast approaching, John Legend is preparing to release another Christmas album. Among the songs that will be included in the upcoming effort is a cover of "Baby It's Cold Outside" that he sings with Kelly Clarkson. However, the singers' take on the classic will not feature its controversial lyrics.
John teases the lyrics of the updated version of the song in the cover story for Vanity Fair's November issue. "What will my friends think...," Kelly sings on the track, before her fellow "The Voice" coach chimes in, "I think they should rejoice." Kelly later rhymes, "...If I have one more drink?" to which John responds by singing, "It's your body and your choice."
Co-written by Nathasha Rothwell, the song will appear on an expanded version of John's Christmas album "A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition". It will available for purchase starting from November 8.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" was first penned by Frank Loesser in 1944 as a duet for him to sing with his wife at parties. The song later became a holiday classic, with a lot of musicians covering it. However, last year, the song sparked controversy after a local radio station decided to no longer play the song after a number of complaints, as the lyrics had raised eyebrows. Critics saw it as the story of a man pressuring a woman into spending the night with him when she didn't want to.
Susan Loesser, the daughter of Frank, had responded to the controversy, insisting that her father did not have ill intentions when writing the song. She also put the blame on Bill Cosby, who was hit with numerous sexual harassment allegations, for turning the song into something fiendish. "I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time," she said. "People used to say, 'What's in this drink' as a joke. You know, 'This drink is going straight to my head, so what's in this drink?' Back then it didn't mean you drugged me."