A radio station in San Francisco will be returning the controversial holiday song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” to air after it initially placed the song on hold last week.

KOIT Program Director Brian Figula first removed the song from air last week, CBS San Francisco reports

The duet, which was written in the 1940s, features a woman singing about how she should leave a man's home while he tries to convince her not to, pointing to the winter weather. 

“I really can’t stay,” the woman sings, to which the man sings in response, “But baby, it’s cold outside.”

At another point, the woman questions “say, what’s in this drink?” and goes on to sing “I simply must go… the answer is no.”


"What's the sense of hurtin' my pride?" the man asks.

Critics have said the song has predatory undertones, especially in light of the "Me Too" movement against sexual harassment and assault. Several other radio stations captured have removed the song from their holiday playlists as a result.

However, Figula told the local outlet that the station decided to keep playing the song after an “overwhelming” amount of listeners polled said they preferred the song remained on air.

"After hearing from thousands of Bay Area listeners via polling, phone calls, emails and social media, KOIT has concluded that the vast majority consider the song to be a valuable part of their holiday tradition, and they still want to hear it on the radio," Figula said in a statement posted online on Monday.

Figula told the outlet the station received a number of emails from angry listeners and people upset with the decision.

"KOIT's listeners have spoken, and the overwhelming message is they do want to hear 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' on our station, as they have throughout the years," he continued.

"More than seven out of every ten listeners who responded said although some lyrics of the song may reflect a different era and a different sensibility than today, still they love the tradition and history of the song, and want to hear it as part of their holiday season," he added.