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Published: Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 5:09 PM
Updated: Friday, November 08, 2019 @ 10:03 AM
— Springfield native John Legend has a “legendary” twist on a holiday classic.
Legend’s deluxe version of his Christmas album “A Legendary Christmas” is available today, Nov. 8.
The updated release includes a new duet with Kelly Clarkson. It’s a modern-day, reimagination of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
This version has updated lyrics written by John and Natasha Rothwell of the HBO series Insecure, presumably to counteract the problematic nature of the song's original words.
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According to Rolling Stone, the “reimagined” duet aims to modernize the song’s outdated and sometimes troubling lyrics, with the male suitor now graciously calling his female partner a cab: “I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)/I’ve gotta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 is paradise)/My mother will start to worry (I’ll call a car and tell ’em to hurry).”
The other new tracks are covers of "This Christmas," "My Favorite Things" and "Christmas In New Orleans." The album's available for pre-order now.