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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Frank Loesser, as performed by Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald


Each chord gets two beats unless otherwise noted.


Chord Guide


Bb:   x1333x


F:    133211


Cm:   x35543


Fm7:  131111


Bb7:  x1313x


Ebm:   x68876


G:    355433


Eb:    x6888x


Ab:   466544


C:    x3555x


Bbm:   x13321


Bb6:   68678x


        D   D U D   D U      w/swing feel

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



Intro:  / Bb - F - / x2


   Bb             F                   Bb        F

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

       Cm               F              Cm         F
I’ve got to go ‘way (but baby, it’s cold outside)

        Bb               F                              Bb           F
The evening has been (been hopin’ that you’d drop in)

             Fm7     Bb7         Fm7           Bb7      
So very nice (I’ll hold your hand, they’re just like ice)

       Eb (2)             
My mother will start to worry (beautiful, what’s your hurry)

        Ebm (2)
And father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)

     Bb (1)                                 G (1)
So really, I’d better scurry (Beautiful, please don’t hurry)

         Cm (1)                                       F (1)
Well, maybe just a half a drink more (Put some music on while I pour)

   Bb             F                   Bb        F
The neighbors might think (but baby, it’s bad out there)

       Cm               F              Cm         F
Say, what’s in this drink (No cabs to be had out there)

    Bb              F                                 Bb         F
I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)

                      Fm7   Bb7         Fm7      Bb7
To break this spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell)

   Eb (2)
I oughtta say no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer)

        Ebm (1½)                                                                    F (½)                       
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (And what’s the sense in hurting my pride)

     Bb            Ab                          G (1)
I really can’t stay (Oh baby, don’t hold out)

                  C    F  Bb   F
Oh, but it’s cold outside

   Bb             F                   Bb        F
I simply must go (but baby, it’s cold outside)

       Cm           F                    Cm         F
The answer is no (but baby, it’s cold outside)

        Bb               F                             Bb              F
The welcome has been (How lucky that you dropped in)

                    Fm7         Bb7      Fm7   Bb7
So nice and warm (Look out the window     at that storm)

       Eb (2)
My sister will be suspicious (Gosh, your lips look delicious)

        Ebm (2)
My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon a tropical shore)

     Bb (1)                                 G (1)
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious (Gosh, your lips are delicious)

         Cm (1)                                       F (1)
Well maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before)

       Bb             F                         Bb            F
I’ve got to get home (Baby, you’ll freeze out there)

        Cm           F                              Cm          F
Say, lend me a comb (It’s up to your knees out there)

             Bb               F                            Bb           F
You’ve really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)

                            Fm7     Bb7    Fm7    Bb7
Oh, but don’t you see (How can you do this thing to me)

             Eb (2)
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (Well, think of my lifelong sorrow)

     Ebm (1½)                                                                  F (½)
At least there will be plenty implied (If you caught pneumonia and died)

     Bb            Ab                         G (1)
I really can’t stay (Get over that hold out)

                            C    F       Bb (1)
Oh, but baby it’s cold outside


  Bb (1)                                 Bbm (1)

Where could you be goin’, when the wind is blowin’

             Bb (1½)     

and it’s cold outside?


 G (½)            C (1)    F (1)          
Oh, but it’s cold     outside


/ Bb - F - /


End on Bb6


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.