Inspired by the estimable Ms. Ehler‘s post I thought I’d post the following, destined to be y’all’s new favorite version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.
[just audio, no video]
This deliciously skanky bit of hillbilly weirdness was a novelty hit for Homer & Jethro in 1949, featuring a young June Carter. At the time, Homer & Jethro were pretty much the Flight Of The Conchords of ’40s country. 20 years later, June Carter would become Mrs. Johnny Cash (see: “Ring Of Fire”), but at the time was known as the pretty daughter of The Carter Family who couldn’t sing all that well. She had a thing going with comedy though, so she wisely learned to use those talents to her advantage.
It sounds innocent enough on the face of it: sweet harmonies, slick pickin’, and the voice of a young girl, but listen close to the hilariously twisted lyrics — two backwoods dudes are trying all manner of conniving ways to double-team shorty, and she ain’t having it… orrrr maybe she is, because after all it is cold out there. So maybe just a half a jug more. And say, what’s in this here drink? Hey, gimme the key to that door!
I love things like this which contradict my unconscious assumption that old-time society used to be more repressed and now we’re all somehow freer. This was 1949. Can you imagine Taylor Swift having a hit like this with Big & Rich? They wouldn’t dare.
[I’ll post complete lyrics in the comments]