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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

           1333

    Bb:   x1333x

          134211

    F:    133211

           13421

    Cm:   x35543

          131111

    Fm7:  131111

           1313

    Bb7:  x1313x

            13421

    Ebm:   x68876

          134211

    G:    355433

            1333

    Eb:    x6888x

          134211

    Ab:   466544

           1333

    C:    x3555x

            1342

    Bbm:   x13321

           13124

    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.