John Legend and Kelly Clarkson Update ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ for 2019

The pair puts a new spin on the problematic song

Before we begin another year of debate over “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” John Legend is here to offer you another option.

For the deluxe edition of his A Legendary Christmas album, the singer has teamed up with his fellow judge from The Voice, Kelly Clarkson, to deliver a more consenting edition of the Christmas classic. In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Legend details the new updated lyrics, more appropriate for 2019.

“What will my friends think,” Clarkson sings in the call-and-response tune. “I think they should rejoice,” Legend responds. “If I have one more drink?” answers Kelly. “It’s your body, and your choice,” assures John.

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The updated lyrics were created with the help of Natasha Rothwell from HBO’s Insecure, and offer a different version of events from the song many consider out-of-touch and out-of-date. Last year, controversy continued over the song first written in 1944, with several radio stations refusing to play it. It has become somewhat of a cultural lightning rod, with Legend becoming the latest to enter into the mix.

According to Entertainment Weekly, elsewhere Legend offers to call Clarkson a car, rather than insist that she stay, like in the original.

I really can’t stay (baby it’s cold outside)

I’ve gotta go away (I can call you a ride)

This evening has been (so glad that you dropped in)

So very nice (time spent with you in paradise)

My mother will start to worry (I’ll call a car a tell ‘em to hurry)

A Legendary Christmas: The Deluxe Edition from John Legend arrives on November 8, with pre-orders now available.

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