Armstrong, Louis - Baby, It's Cold Outside Lyrics

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)

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)

The neighbors might think
(Baby, it's bad out there)
Say, what's in this drink?
(No cabs to be had out there)

I wish I knew how
(Your eyes are like starlight)
To break this spell
(I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell)

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 in hurting my pride?)

I really can't stay
(Baby, don't hold out)
Oh, but it's cold outside

I simply must go
(But baby, it's cold outside)
The answer is no
(But baby, it's cold outside)

This welcome has been
(How lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm
(Look out the window at that storm)

My sister will be suspicious
(Gosh, your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door
(Waves upon a tropical shore)

My maiden aunt's mind is vicious
(Ooh, your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more
(Never such a blizzard before)

I've got to get home
(But baby, you'll freeze out there)
Say, lend me your coat
(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?)

There's bound to be talk tomorrow
(Think of my life long sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied
(If you caught pneumonia and died)

I really can't stay
(Get over that hold out)
Oh, but it's cold outside

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Armstrong, Louis Baby, It's Cold Outside Comments
  1. Brian Kearn

    This is a great version of this song, so funny without trying, so much left unsaid.
    Velma and Louis.
    Do you think they got Thelma and Louise from them?

  2. Sandra KKB S

    CLASSIC as is...none of the foolish changes... by the hypocrites self-righteous ...

  3. Mark West

    Louis was a "rapist"....who knew. Just shows how far full on petty and absurd our notion of "grievances" are here for some in America.

  4. Jay Cheramie

    Play it often !!!!

  5. wjlintz

    Ladies and gentlemen, the GREAT Louis Armstrong!

  6. Cherlyn Banda

    Love this song !!!

  7. helen brown

    hahah great song be 2 great singers

  8. Alfonso Garcia

    👫 todo much reasoning goés out the Houston when is could outside. 🎆❄️☃

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  11. R Guy Slater

    This has to be one of the filthiest, clean songs in existence! I love it! I first heard it about 15 years ago. Thank you for posting it because I haven't been able to find the live version anywhere.

  12. breakerbroke23

    Classy... YEAAAAA.

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  14. Lynne Adams

    Love this song!

  15. MTstone

    Thanks for the posting. What a beautiful version. MERRY CHRISTMAS

  16. Lizapips

    Greatest version ever!!!

    I don't know anymore

    So true

    Dam Brooks

    I have always thought so, they playfully act, flirt as they enact the roles in the story.


    I agree! Playful flirtation, she is playing hard to get and he is enjoying the chase! And their chemistry is amazing!

    Catherine Brenner

    Better than the remix
    Hm 2019

  17. kjun03

    Ultra talented and charming!!! Satchmo was already a welcome legend when I was born a long assed time ago!!!
    Before Rudolph!!!

  18. Elaine Parker

    What is unfortunate is that it *IS* all in the tone and inflection - this makes it so clear that it is friendly banter and flirtation nothing more :) Pure fun and enjoyment.

    Harry Miram

    Some people aren't happy until they make others around them as MISERABLE/COLD/LONELY as they are aka "Pity Party!"

  19. Mimsy Starr

    Subversive assholes! Louis and Velma, you were and always will be the best. Back to those potatoes...

  20. swampwitch5

    I love this version. Live recordings are the best!

  21. 1daddy57

    66 people will be left outside

  22. Erik Norlin

    was on the very first cd i bought ca 89 90 with louis armstrong, a cheap sampler that i still have

  23. modam70

    "You stay here three more days and go on home to your people..." lmao

  24. Diane Glynn

    Nothing wrong with this song, just 2 consenting adults being together.

  25. DRACO FURY 13

    #metoo brought me here.... This song is classic

  26. Humboldt Honey

    Merry Christmas! 2018 and this song is being banned on the radio. One of my all time favorites

  27. Cynthia Murphy

    I found Louis' Christmas CD and play this thing in my car whenever I durn feel like it, lol. What a sweet man.

  28. Roger Baker

    BLARE this from the rooftops! Let's show those SJW'S where to go and how to get there!

  29. Joyce Distler

    Merry Christmas

  30. Dana J.

    He is a natural comedian and in this song he sounds SO much like the boy from the 9th Ward back home. He is New Orleans' native son and we love him.

  31. Conscious Living

    Great rendition!!!

  32. Corine Beasle

    Version géniale ! !!!!

  33. Jacey Jacobs

    She lasted SO long without cracking up. I would have died of laughter in the first minute.

    little jo

    Jacey Jacobs I so wish they’d filmed this! 😎

  34. Joe Carbery

    Louis' opening remark "No potatoes" is a reference to Fats Waller's song "All that Meat and No Potatoes."

    Sharon Austin

    Joe Carbery great-thanks!

  35. Talor Yellsins

    I think pops had a little too much to drink and smoke.

  36. David Kittrell

    What a Treat,

  37. Johnathan Hawkins

    this is hilarious lol

  38. ConorAZ

    So back when I lived in Detroit, there use to be the jazz festival(not sure if they still have it) legit the music I grew on was both classic hip-hop and jazz.

    Arii Barri

    ConorAZ they still do

  39. Cemar Melo

    Avril Lavigne brings me here in 2017 xtmas

  40. Ciara Macias

    You should say whether it's cold .

  41. Cynthia Murphy

    Got a Louis Armstrong Christmas CD for next to nothing at the Salvation Army, and this was on it. I had to see what Velma looked like. This is so classy. Love playing Louis and other big band goodies in my car.

  42. Mary Jaku

    I imagine Velma and Louis are trying really hard not to burst out laughter, cause this very sweet and charming. Louis voice makes this so fun and all his little quips are perfect in my opinion. Merry Christmas everybody!! ( even though its late august right now.)

  43. Luis Pedro Chávez

    Ooohh yyes!!!!!! timeless and also a spontaneous performance of two of the biggest!!! tears and joy in the better way. Don't ask that. Always will be there some body listening this beautiful songs

  44. Rivka Warshawsky

    yes yes yes yes!!!

  45. Debra Taylor

    Satchmo had it going on...still Louis Armstrong ....this gal so luvs yer music 24/7

  46. Angel

    early 2017 anyone?

  47. Philip Tonee

    Love it! ;-)

  48. CaptainAmerica

    My favorite version. It just doesn't get any more genuine.

  49. ReyaitheShadowWolf

    I love this!
    I needed to smile today, and this is just what I needed. <3

  50. George WashingMachine

    Brush this was so cool but I need to give the edge to Louis on this one

  51. vidimah

    cute performance :)

  52. trinaboo85

    I've never heard this song performed with so much swag!

    KumZ Burning

    trinaboo85 you should watch some Nina Simone vids. Swag City.

  53. Arthurtats

    what does he say at 2:33?


    ain't no use you goin' out there in all that bad weather...


    getting dem two skis all frost business...


    frost bitten


    @CaptainAmerica cheers, mate

    Shorley Wilson


  54. Travis H

    Still going strong Kitten ;)

  55. Marlena Schmool

    is there a recording date? It's fabulous

  56. Mike Henry

    Incredible moment. This is history at its finest. These are the greats I like to think of when I think of American music history.

  57. Ryley Manriquez

    anyone watching in 2016?

    Marco Romano

    it's getting cold now in the great North east!

    Marco Romano

    i'm here or there

    Cole Walker

    Anyone watching in 2017? :)

    Wildmonkey 721

    Ryley Manriquez 2018

  58. Ingrid van Wyngaard

    I LOVE this rendition.

  59. Sugarby 2000

    Thank you!

  60. Pete Troyan

    Pure genious

  61. Kirwin Stewart

    I love the Regrooved version also.

  62. Vins Nan

    Love it! Take another drink of wine maybe you'll change your mind.

  63. Randy InCanton

    THIS is how it's done, kids!

  64. Eldrick Matthew Conwi

    This seems so wonderfully improv'd. I LOVE IT. THEY SEEM LIKE THEY'RE HAVING A LOT OF FUN.

  65. Nelson Villalba

    Alguien podría contarme que se están diciendo? La música es un lenguaje universal para los sentimientos pero aveces necesitamos que nos ayuden un poco

    Iris Hernández

    +Nelson Villalba En la canción original son dos personas coqueteando, la mujer dice que se tiene que marchar a su casa y el hombre intenta convencerla de que no se marche. Esta versión es distinta porque hombre se va inventando la letra sobre la marcha convirtiendo las excusas coquetas de la versión original en comentarios graciosillos.
    Espero que te haya ayudado.

    Nelson Villalba

    +Iris Hernández -Muchas gracias Iris, no solo por ser una verdadera somelier y darle mas sabor con tu comentario, sino también por dedicarle tu tiempo.

  66. Kym Sutton

    So glad I found this !!!! EXCELLENT !

  67. Micah Victory


    The 20th Century Limited

    Micah Victory same and noice pfp btw

  68. Fitness Model

    This is so fabulous! WOW!

  69. Top50Reviews

    It'd be so fun to know Louis Armstrong

  70. Top50Reviews

    This is great!

  71. Desirae Schwertel

    This is my favorite version of this song!


    +Desirae Schwertel I'm tied between this and the 1949 with June Carter...and Homer and jethro


    it is the best versión, no doubt!

  72. Walter H Harrison


  73. Michael Hraba

    The absolute definitive version and a live recording masterpiece.  Velma and Louis singing "Baby, It's Cold Outside". The warmth and joy just crackles away through the song.

    Michael Hraba

    Which is why I love when people arrange songs and cover... like Moon River. I have about 20 versions! =)

    Sally Bowles

    Ray Charles and Betty Carter's version is pretty epic too

  74. Samuel Phillips

    Could someone explain the opening line, "No Potatoes"? I guess it's probably a contextual thing, but it's always bugged me what's so funny about that line.

    charlie tyler

    All that meat and no potatoes.  Unusually well endowed woman who is clueless.

    Samuel Phillips

    Ah, I see. Guess that makes sense.


    I could be wrong, but I think he was making reference to the song he also sang, "Call the whole thing off."

  75. Prometheus1st

    Love this...  man this is a time that will never come again.  Makes me cry.

  76. Mark Henderson

    New Orleans Native Son putting it down!! Ya Dig!?!?! lol

  77. MiyakaSpeaks

    best version

  78. sara abrahamian

    They had so much fun doing this number its a shame there is no video of the whole thing

  79. Katie Ashton

    Can't beat two people being themselves :D I wish I could see them singing this. Louis is my favorite ever.

  80. timeismichael

    Thanks i love it

    John Thompson

    Give it up!,Give it up!,Give it up!



  82. Cat Cus10

    This is freaking hilarious. By far the best version!!


    Original is always the best. ;) 

    Ash Bohgan

    It's such a marvellous time listening to this song

  83. Roberta Crosby

    perfect... just wonderful

  84. Luiz Santana

    realy.. it´s another think... and i love so much this man ..  Louis .. great ..

  85. Supriya J

    Is there a video version of this? I would love to see how Louis and Velma would have sung it. This version of the song makes me smile every time :)

  86. Draia Fitz

    How could you not love Louis Armstrong! !!!! 💓💓💓

  87. Laure Meaney

    anyone know where i can get my hands on the album this piece comes from? Used to have it many years ago and my parents and i loved it...

  88. Espedito Jackson Andrade e Silva

    que maravilha !!!!

    Bertrand Henri Bloc

    Muito bom!

  89. driventodistractio

    Best version ever!  Loved Louis.

  90. Kevin Michael Brown

    MICHIGAN IS COLD this year!!!

  91. Kevin Michael Brown

    MICHIGAN IS COLD this year!!!

  92. Sergi María Díaz

    very funny hahaha

  93. Zeldas Champion

    This is the best version of this song IMO

  94. Dorothy Moss

    love love love it!!!!

  95. coffeepleaz