You re the one that I want remake

Gonna Make It

Everywhere I been, I been learning how to get to wherever I am

And where I am is where I’m going and I’m going to the promised land

I don’t always know my direction, but in faith and Love I overstand

That if I ask up for guidance, I’m guided by the almighty hand

And every time I’m feeling inspired, I take my guitar in my two hands

Jah Love is all that I man require to reach that holy Zion land

And I won’t let them take it away, no I man, I won’t be led astray

And I don’t need to ride nobody’s coattails, and I don’t need no one to hold my hand

I’m gonna make it on my own two feet

I’m gonna make it on my blood, sweat and tears

I’m gonna make it, not gonna fake it, no way

They said get a degree but it wasn’t for me

Higher education of the Almighty through music, teach me Love, teach me to use it

All I ever wanted was to spread Jah Love, and the only way that I could rise above was music, sweet Jah reggae music

So every note I plays is to give praise, that’s why I play guitar and I sing

And I wouldn’t trade these blisters on my fingers for no diamond rings

I sing just for the Love of Jah music, to lift you up when you are tattered and worn

And if I sound a little bit hoarse it’s ’cause I been singing since the day I was born

And I just wanna sing a little bit more, and I’m sure that you can feel me

Don’t need you to know just where I’m coming from, but I need you to feel me

So take it and make it your own song

And don’t you let them take it away

No don’t you let them lead you astray

You’re gonna make it on your own two feet

You’re gonna make it on your blood, sweat and tears

You’re gonna make it, not gonna fake it, no way

I will never sell my soul to them, so many already givin’ in, dem a caught up in confusion,

suffering delusions

All this dirt that we been digging in

Searching for something that we will never find

Oh mankind we can’t let them take it away

We won’t let them lead us astray

And we don’t need no president to lead us

And we don’t need no general to take a stand

We’re gonna make it on our own two feet

We’re gonna make it on our blood, sweat and tears

We’re gonna make it, not gonna fake it, no way

Can you feel me, my heart pumping in my chest

Can you feel me, oh people please say yes

I need you to feel me, this is the real me, the reason I’m singing, the Love that I’m bringing is pure, unfiltered for sure

‘Cause in my mind I saw a vision of peace

Every man, every woman, every child, one family

All singing together in one perfect harmony

It’s not so far away, we’re gonna make it someday

No Regrets

All this time will pass, into the past

So if you’re happy, then make each moment last, don’t hold nothing back

And if you’re suffering, remember it won’t last, get over it fast

Get back to living and giving Love

This life is just a test, I will remember, I will remember

This life ain’t over yet, so please remember, not to forget

Newborn babies cry, their very first tears, they are so hopeful

Great grandfathers die, after many years, it is a circle

Teenagers find Love, then screw it all up

They are so fearful, yet somehow invincible

This life is not a curse, but there will be hard times, and it will get worse

But always do your best, and always remember that you are blessed

Everywhere you go, plant seeds, Love will grow

But remember who you are

And if you travel far, remember your heart is where your home is

So if you travel to the stars, remember your heart

And you won’t be homeless or homesick at all

This life is just a test, with many failures and some success

But I will place my bets, and I will leave here with no regrets

Step Lightly

I’m choking there’s no air to breathe, all these chemicals are poisoning me

I feel like I ain’t got no space, I got to get out of this place

‘Cause everybody’s moving to fast, all I want to do is relax

I don’t want no heart attack, don’t wanna work ’til I break my back no

I don’t wanna see no more construction, to me it looks just like destruction

Just want to protect Her and all She’s done, She has provided for everyone so

Chorus:

Step lightly, you are trodding on sacred ground

Step lightly, there is beauty to be found, look all around

Step lightly, for you don’t wanna leave a scar

Step lightly, or for your children this will be no more

The buildings just keep getting taller, open spaces dem a getting smaller

They’re building more universities, and destroying diversity

But where will all the little animals run, to find shelter from the burning sun

If we let them cut down all the trees, and spread their industrial disease

Have they heard the ocean so deep, or witnessed the waterfalls weep

Do you think that they could be so blind, to bring the end of humankind

Oh Mama, I see that You’re bleeding

Oh Mama, I feel Your pain in my soul

Mama I will do my best to teach them

Mama not to hurt You so

I see them use You, see every day how they abuse You

Oh Lord how they break You, see every day how they rape You

Chorus

They’re cutting down the forests, filling up the landfills

Blackening the skyline, choking out the sun

‘Til there’s nothing left but garbage, steel, concrete and sorrow

People this doesn’t have to be our tomorrow

If you listen closely, you will hear Her crying

Do you even care that She is slowly dying

We got to make a change now, if not for yourself then do it for your children

Who can deny that things have been getting so strange around here

And who can deny that it’s been getting harder and harder to breathe

And who can deny that the species have been disappearing by the dozens, daily

And who can deny that it’s been getting hotter and colder and hotter and colder every year

They’re sucking the blood of the Earth

They’re scratching at the heart of Mama Earth

They’re fracturing the body of Mama Earth

They’re sucking the blood of the Earth

And we all play a part in their plan

We all play a part, overstand

We all let them lead us by the hand

And watch as they destroy our homeland, our Motherland

And who will stand with me and fight

Roll River Roll

I been dreaming lately ’bout this place in the country where the air is clean

Unplug the cords and flip off the switches, kick off my shoes and feel the grass beneath my feet

Sooner or later everyone will face this, wanna be the first one to embrace

And kick a hole right through my television, sit out on my porch with a big smile upon my face

‘Cause high above the tallest skyscrapers, deep in the cracks beneath the city streets

The seeds of change are already growing, everywhere people oare feeling incomplete

Unconsciously, they are awakening

Chorus:

Roll river roll, we gotta wash this whole place clean

And make the city like it never was, a faded memory or a dream

Roll river roll, we gotta wash these tears away

I wanna face you, don’t wanna never be afraid

And when, the rivers subside and the saplings rise

Will we make a better choice than before

Or are we bound to remake all the same mistakes once more

Four sisters floated about on a raft fashioned out of the splintered remains of their home

They were cast out to sea by a storm wild and free and left to drift in the doldrums alone

One had brought silver, and another had gold, and a diamond so big it took two hands to hold

And the third had a brush and some lipstick and blush, to apply was her plan, at the first sight of land

But the fourth sister wept, for there was nothing she had kept of the broken world they left behind

She wept for the three, for even now they weren’t free, as she gazed upon them one last time

And as they squabbled and fought over who had owned what, she said her goodbyes silently

And she tiptoed away on the crest of a wave, and the rest were buried in the sea

They were buried in the heart of the sea

Roll river, black water, swallow the tears from the sky, rise higher

For 40 nights and for 40 days, we’re gonna have to learn to live a better way

Chorus

Advaya’s Song

Your smile shines like the sun

Small child, your name means one

You came through the hearts of two lovers

A star shot from across another sky

Chorus:

Although I don’t have a lot of money

Although I can’t buy you lots of things, no

I’ll give you Love

All I have to give it all belongs to you

Walk with me, I’ll carry you upon my back

You’re tired, so cranky, take a little nap

When you rise, rub your eyes and I’ll be smiling back

I’ll howl like an animal to please you

We can do anything you want to, ’cause I

Chorus

We’re gonna have so much fun, ’cause now your life has just begun

And every little step you take, I’ll be right there in the wake to watch you grow

And when it’s time to leave the nest I know that this bond will stand the test of time

Chorus

Love Will Find a Way

I wanna be good, I wanna do better

Wanna live long but I know I won’t live forever

So while I’m alive, I’m gonna make a spark

And I hope that my life will be a light, shining bright for those who are lost in the dark

I wanna give Love, I wanna have patience

Wanna feel the animal within, be wild like the wind, but gracious

I’m gonna plant my seeds

I’m gonna watch them grow

And I hope that my forest will restore in us a chorus that was lost long ago

I feel the fire burning

I know the tide is turning our way, though the skies might be gray

In the distance I can see blue, the sun has got to break through someday

And all that’s left to say is Love will find a way

Wanna hear my people singing, singing songs of redemption

Singing songs of the truth, singing songs of the peaceful warrior nation

Singing songs to the Gods, of Love and thankfulness

‘Cause we are alive and we’re striving to thrive and we know that we’re blessed

‘Cause we are the ones who come to wipe away the poison that’s been seeping into the heart, that’s keeping us apart

Get down to the heart of the matter, all you’re gonna find out is that all that matters is the heart, and at the end of the day

Love will find a way

How we gonna get anywhere, when everybody’s running in place

Are we blind or are we just scared, scared we’re gonna come face to face

And have to face the things that we’ve done, come to terms with what we’ve become

Come around and fix our mistakes, only Love can find a way

When the walls are crumbling and that deadlines creeping up

When that debt comes calling, and the sky’s falling from above

You can always count on Love

I wanna swim seas, I wanna climb mountains

Wanna make angels in the snow, dip my toes in the eternal fountain

Gonna speak the truth, and though I’ve told some lies

I’m gonna wear my heart out on my sleeve for you to believe the honesty in my eyes

Keep me warm Mama

Like a white dove of peace on a battlefield, like a hungry, homeless man sharing his only meal, like a man the doctor’s said would die but he was healed and all he did was pray, Love will find a way

Like a sunbeam breaking through the storm clouds, like an innocent prisoner breaking out, like a warrior who wants to run in the face of fear but he chooses to stay, Love will find a way

Like a rose growing out of the concrete, like a man running marathons with no feet, like a single mother working three jobs just to put food on the plate, Love will find a way

Like a deaf man composing a symphony, like an activist who chains herself up to a tree, like a man who quits his job to follow his dreams without a penny to his name, Love will find a way

Like a farmer growing crops in the desert sand, like a masterpiece painted with a crippled hand, like a surfer towing in, wearing a grin, into a sixty foot wave, Love will find a way

Like a guitar player, playing ’til his fingers bleed, like a piano man with arthritis playing ’til three, like a singer who is hoarse but he still forces himself to take the stage, Love will find a way

Like a blind man seeing for the first time, like a songwriter finding meaning in a rhyme, Like a poet who uses words as weapons and lives to fight another day, Love will find a way

Like a warm fire in winter or a summer breeze, like a child turning her dreams into realities, like a place where race, religion, sex or creed or class don’t have a name, Love will find a way

Postpartum Kelly Clarkson: “I Literally Had a Moment Where I Cried and Drank Wine All Day”

You know who I consider my everyday heroes? Parents who are willing to tell it like it is.

I’ve written here many times—including yesterday, in the context of a viral pregnancy announcement video with a twist—about my appreciation for moms and dads who are upfront about the good, bad, and ugly parts of the journey. Those who are honest about what goes into the job are a comfort to the rest of us, who each have our everyday triumphs and struggles.

Of course, that also goes for celebrities, whose public image is often pretty glossy—but occasionally use their platform to share real, relatable stories.

New mom Kelly Clarkson is in that category, having spoken candidly on many occasions about her difficult pregnancy with daughter River Rose, including horrible morning sickness and even hospitalization.

Now, she’s sharing even more details about her troubles in the days immediately following her pregnancy. In an interview with ET Canada, she said she temporarily lost her voice following delivery, and panicked she’d never sing again.

But not only is the star signing again these days, she says that even after all that, she’d like to have another pregnancy with husband Brandon Blackstock. “But only because she came out awesome,” she said of her daughter.

Yup, for some people pregnancy is a joyful journey. For others, it’s a means to an end. Either way, cheers—and thank you—to anyone who’s honest about the complexities of the experience.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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  • By Alesandra Dubin

— — Kelly Clarkson has been in the studio working on her forthcoming soul album.

But the singer admitted that she’s having a much better time in her recording sessions since giving birth to her second child, Remington, back in April.

Asked what’s “been the best day in the studio so far,” Clarkson replied: “Girlfriend, coming back from being pregnant.”

” a weird thing for your diaphragm — even how you breathe normally,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

“Apply that to singing, which you need a ton of breath for. It’s just a different thing to build back up,” she admitted.

Remington is the second child for Clarkson, 34, and husband Brandon Blackstock. The couple, who wed in 2013, are also parents to 2-year-old daughter River Rose.

The former “American Idol” winner said that now that she’s not with child, she can sing in full force on her upcoming album, due out in 2017.

“Two weeks ago, I was doing lead vocal on this song that I am just in love with in this studio in my house, and the producer was here, and I flipped out,” she recalled. “It’s funny because it’s on camera. We’re filming all of it. It’s the day my voice came full-on back, like exactly what I wanted.”

“I sounded amazing. I was so excited. My producer was laughing so hard because I was freaking out,” Clarkson added.

For fans who may be wondering why Clarkson is recording a soul album, the singer told EW that she’s “always wanted to make this album and I just haven’t been able to.”

“While it is still pop, it’s way more soulful,” she added. “The sound is so innate in me. It’s just so natural. It’s like, ‘God! You should have been making records like this the whole time.'”

“And I love making all different kinds of records, so it’s not like I’m mad about it or anything,” Clarkson continued. “I’ve just wanted to make this particular record since I was in junior high.”

How Many Kids Does Kelly Clarkson Have?

If you had to list the top five pop voices of the 2000s and 2010s, you’d certainly place Kelly Clarkson at any notch in that category. Her voice is instantly recognizable and can handle almost any type of song. On top of it, we know Clarkson as a likeable celebrity who never meets a person she doesn’t like while judging on The Voice.

Outside of her affable personality, we only know her family life from the outside without a lot of media attention. We all remember when Kelly was pregnant with her children. Some of you may have lost track on how many children she has now.

Take a look at her brood, including being a stepmom to a couple of them.

Gaining two children before having her own

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Give it up for our daughter @savannah_blackstock nailing it as per usual on not only The Unicorn but also with her other horse Albie! #preliminaryrider her 2nd time competing in this division. First with both horses! #shecantstop #shewontstop #girlswhoruntheworld ❤️

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You may remember when Clarkson married music manager Brandon Blackstock in 2013. This was twelve years after Clarkson won American Idol and became an instant singing superstar with staying power.

One thing she didn’t wait to do is have kids. However, she gained two stepchildren by marrying Blackstock. He had two kids from a previous marriage who were already beyond preschool age.

The first stepchild is a stepdaughter named Savannah. She was almost a preteen when Clarkson married Blackstock, making only a 20-year difference between stepdaughter and stepmother.

Clarkson’s other stepchild is a stepson named Seth. He’s just now becoming a preteen, which obviously gave Kelly a testing ground to determine how she’d handle motherhood before having her own kids.

Clarkson’s first newborn

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My little farm girl #RiverRose ❤️

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It only took a year for Clarkson to have a child of her own with Blackstock. This was a daughter named River Rose, born June 12, 2014. Hard to believe she’ll be five years old already this coming summer.

As you can see, Clarkson (and Blackstock) haven’t been afraid to post pictures of all their kids on Instagram. There isn’t any denying River Rose was a cute baby and one who seemed destined to be in front of a camera later in life.

In fact, Clarkson recently said she thinks River Rose will run a company someday because she’s so “ballsy.” Two children books were written by Clarkson honoring her natural daughter.

Clarkson’s next newborn

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This little guy is magic #RemyB

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Two years later, Clarkson had a son named Remington Alexander. He was just as telegenic in front of a camera, but probably had no choice considering how many Instagram pics his parents have posted.

Clarkson and Blackstock were lucky to have Remington, because Kelly had some difficulties with her pregnancies. Despite losing 40 lbs. after her pregnancy and continuing a hot streak in the music industry, it hasn’t changed the mind of Clarkson in deciding not to have more natural-born kids.

Reports are they decided not to have more due to the health risks. Still, we wonder if they’ll follow the lead of something This is Us has been promoting to America lately.

Would Clarkson and Blackstock adopt more kids?

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Clearly, Clarkson and Blackstock love kids. We’re also happy to see Clarkson’s stepkids get along so well with their stepmom. In that regard, you have to wonder if they’d all agree to adoption.

With NBC being the new home for Kelly on The Voice, no doubt she’s taken notice of This is Us’s push to adopt as a major benefit to families. A lot of people who haven’t thought about it as an option perhaps have been inspired to adopt thanks to the show.

Maybe we’ll see the Blackstocks go this route since they seem open to adding more kids to the household.

Let’s hope so, because Kelly Clarkson seems to embody the American dream of having it all with a rare, well-adjusted family.

Comparing Original ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Lyrics With John Legend’s 2019 Remake: What’s Changed?

‘Tis the season for chestnuts roasting on an open fire and the 1944 holiday jingle “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” getting roasted for its heavily disputed lyrics. But it’s 2019, and John Legend and Kelly Clarkson released a new woke version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on Friday (Nov. 8). Here’s how it’s different.

First, Frank Loesser’s original composition has been reworked many times before Legend and Clarkson took a (nut)crack at it. Billboard listed some feminist-branded remixes of the track last year, when Dean Martin’s 1959 version had a merry time in the top 10 of the Billboard Digital Songs Sales chart and top 20 of the Holiday 100 (the latter of which was accompanied by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé’s 2014 version at No. 72 and Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor’s 2016 take at No. 84).

But as people are gearing up for the most wonderful time of the year, the updated version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is fully prepared for a more consensual time — partly thanks to Natasha Rothwell from HBO’s Insecure, who helped write the revamped version with Legend.

First Verse

New: “I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)/ I’ve got to go away (But, I can call you a ride)/ This evening has been (I’m so glad that you dropped in)/ So very nice (Time spent with you is paradise)

The EGOT winner flips the initial script of the man dissuading the woman from leaving him because it’s too cold for her homebound trip. Legend is actually the date who lets the woman leave when she says she wants to and will even grab her ride.

Original: My mother will start worry (Beautiful what’s your hurry)/ My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)/ So really I’d better scurry (Beautiful please don’t hurry)/ But maybe just a half a drink more (Put some records on while I pour)

Murray the driver plays an integral part of her getaway, something she wasn’t afforded with the song’s first go-around. Legend also adds a bit of playfulness to the tune by teasing Clarkson for still living with her parents.

He echoes, “It’s your body and your choice” after Clarkson chimes, “If I have one more drink?” to further emphasize its sensitivity to the #MeToo movement, which sparked a Cleveland, Ohio radio station ban of the original “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Second Verse

New: I simply should go (Text me when you get home)/ Oh, I’m supposed to say no (Mm, I guess that’s respectable)/ This welcome has been (I’ve been lucky that you dropped in)/ So nice and warm (But you better go before it storms)

The original second chorus opens with the same excuse of the man repeating the titular line and other weather-related excuses for the woman to stay, while Legend’s later half of the song delves into his respectable gestures. He chants, “Text me when you get home” and urges her to go before the blizzard gets dangerous.

Original: My sister will be suspicious (Gosh your lips look delicious)/ My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon the tropical shore)/ My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious (Gosh your lips are delicious)/ But maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before)

New: My sister will be suspicious (Well, gosh your lips look delicious) / My brother will be there at the door (Oh, he loves my music, baby, I’m sure) / My gossipy neighbors for sure (I’m a genie, tell me what your wish is) / But maybe just a cigarette more (Oh, that’s somethin’ we should probably explore)

Legend gets cheeky again in this section of the second verse. While the original tries to distract the woman from going home by musing over her lips, the “All Of Me” crooner uses the same compliment, but ultimately leaves the choice of leaving, and even having another cigarette, up to her. He adds a little boast of his own musical talent, assuring Clarkson that her worried brother is probably a fan.

Original: I’ve gotta get home (But baby, you’d freeze out there)/ Say lend me a coat (It’s up to your knees out there)/ You’ve really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)/ But don’t you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)/ There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (Think of my lifelong sorrow)/ At least there will be plenty implied (If you got pnuemonia and died)

Legend transforms the original drama of the man thinking of his “lifelong sorrow if you got pneumonia and died” into a stress-free environment, offering for Clarkson to keep his coat after she borrows it for her chilly ride home, and assuring her to not listen to any rising gossip.

‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Was Controversial From the Beginning. Here’s What to Know About Consent in the 1940s

‘Tis the season when wintery songs take over the airwaves. But not all of the classic tunes elicit feelings of holiday cheer — and in recent years, one in particular has become the subject of controversy: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

In the #MeToo era, a song about a man pressuring a woman to stay with him isn’t seen as so cheery by some. On The Voice on Tuesday night, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson performed their new cover of the song, in which he sings about being supportive of whatever decision she makes, with lines like “It’s your body and your choice” and “I want you to stay, it’s not up to me.”

And yet, the new version has also become controversial, among people who thought the song didn’t need editing. Sharon Osbourne said it’s “not right” to change “an innocent lyric,” which she argued is akin to trying to covering up nudes in classic works of art.

Susan Loesser, daughter of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” composer Frank Loesser, came to the song’s defense last year, arguing that it needs to be understood within “the context of the time” when it was written in 1944. Back then, she said, the lyric “What’s in this drink?” would refer to the alcoholic content, not the thought of being drugged. In fact, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” started out as a shtick that the songwriter Frank Loesser performed with his wife at parties.

Frank Loesser, composer and lyricist who wrote “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Gene Lester—Getty Images

The story behind the song never been a secret — the factoid made it into to TIME’s 1949 article on the song’s popularity — but most people first encountered it when Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams performed it in the 1949 movie Neptune’s Daughter. In the scene, the two actors are sitting on the couch, and when Williams tries to stand up, Montalban pulls her back down by tugging her arm.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” won the Academy Award for best song in 1950, and it became one of the hottest songs of the holiday season in the next years. Artists from Louis Armstrong to Miss Piggy covered it, and TIME named it one of the 100 best songs of all time. But even when “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” first became a hit, some people thought was risqué.

As TIME reported in the June 27, 1949, issue: “Queasy NBC first banned the lyrics as too racy, then decided they contained nothing provably prurient, and put the tune on the air. Baby hit the hit parade and began climbing.”

In that debate, experts on mid-20th century sexual norms say, lies a lesson about how consent and dating culture in America has evolved.

‘An Important Historical Document’ on Dating

The 1940s was not exactly a time of extreme chastity. In fact, World War II brought with it a wave of sexual activity. “People behaved in war in ways they wouldn’t behave in peace time,” says Beth Bailey, author of From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America and the Director of the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas. Many wartime couples “thought they might never see each other again” — and many married young, often ending up with the first person they’d lost their virginity to, because it was considered the right thing to do.

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But dating as we know it today was still only a few decades old, and the rules and expectations for what would happen on a date were still being worked out.

Within this environment, the contradictions were many. According to surveys by Alfred Kinsey, author of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, one of the best-selling books in America in 1948, about half of men said they wanted to marry a virgin, more than 60% of college-educated men said they disapproved of premarital sex, and about 80% of college-educated women said they had moral objections to it — and yet, about half of women and more than half of men said they had had premarital sex.

But for women who were caught doing so, the consequences could be steep. Her personal reputation and her family’s reputation was on the line. Abortion was criminalized, and contraception was illegal in most states. Women who got pregnant could be kicked out of their homes and out of college; pregnant high-schoolers could be sent to homes for unwed mothers, forced to give their babies up for adoption, and to undergo a rehabilitation program before they could go back to school, according to Rachel Devlin, author of Relative Intimacy: Fathers, Adolescent Daughters, and Postwar American Culture and a professor of History at Rutgers University.

Women could even be arrested and imprisoned. Scott W. Stern’s book The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison “Promiscuous” Women details how the federal government incarcerated thousands of women suspected of being promiscuous, in a misguided effort to safeguard troops from sexually transmitted diseases.

As such, women had incentive to hide their sexual desires. One result of that situation is the dynamic on display in the song, in which the woman sings that she “ought to say ‘no’” and mentions how the neighbors will gossip if she doesn’t leave.

“It was a weird contradictory time, just a lot of hypocrisy,” says Devlin. “Men were expected to push, and women were expected to make sure men didn’t cross the line, which was entirely up to the women because if line was crossed, and they did have sex, she was ruined. The song is an important historical document because it does represent these constant negotiations. It’s describing an everyday encounter.”

“That song comes from an era when women were just expected to say no, no matter what they wanted,” echoes Bailey. “The culture refused to acknowledge women’s right to say yes or no. Not being able to say yes is as much as a problem as having to say no.”

The Evolution of Consent

But just because a woman would have a reason to demure despite her wishes, that doesn’t mean the situation in the song is obviously a harmless one.

Complicating analysis of the lyrics is the fact that the concept of “consent” has evolved over time. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, there were efforts to raise the legal age of consent to protect the growing number of young women moving to cities to take factory jobs. “In the 18th and 19th century, if you were over 10, you were considered legally capable of consenting or withholding consent to sexual relations,” says Estelle B. Freedman, professor of History at Stanford University and author of Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation and Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America. In the early 20th century, states raised that age; the first known use of the term “jailbait” was in 1927.

For a woman, being alone with a man, especially if there was flirtation going on, could be considered consent, Devlin says. “If a women tried to bring this into court, the court would say, ‘What were you doing alone with him?’ They would blame her. There was no way for women to win,” she says.

For women of color, consent was even further from view. “Interracial rape was a ubiquitous form of terrorism in the South,” says Devlin. In fact, the year “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was composed, in 1944, the NAACP sent Rosa Parks to help 24-year-old Alabaman Recy Taylor speak out about being gang-raped by six white men on her way home from church. While two grand juries didn’t indict the men, the case and protests against the rape of black women helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement.

It wasn’t until after the 1960s women’s movement that a conversation spread about consent in a situation like the one described in the song. “Changing sexual mores in the early 20th century—both the decline of the purity ideal for all women and the rise of individual dating—created a transition period characterized by very mixed messages, especially about what a woman ‘owed’ her date,” says Freedman. “What changes beginning in the 1960s, in part in response to a more sexualized culture that could mask coercion, is the political analysis of sexuality and power.”

But one thing hasn’t evolved: despite the confusion over its meaning, the song has remained popular. In fact, the renewed public attention didn’t hurt sales of the song when some radio stations banned “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in 2018, and the controversy may have helped it. Last year, by mid-December, Dean Martin’s 1959 cover became the second best-selling holiday song in terms of digital sales.

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John Legend gives ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ a #MeToo makeover

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John Legend is defending his “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” remake with Kelly Clarkson after the new rendition of the classic Christmas record was met with intense backlash.

Legend, 40, doubled down on defending the latest iteration of the Frank Loesser song, which was co-written by Legend and “Insecure” writer and actress Natasha Rothwell. Legend performed the tune as a duet with Clarkson.

“The song was supposed to be silly!” Legend maintained in an interview with the UK’s Observer. “It wasn’t supposed to be preachy at all. I never disparaged the old version. And, by the way, the original writer, or his family, gets paid for my version, too.”

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The EGOT-winner rewrote specific lyrics to the 1944 song after some deemed the lines to be predatory in today’s #MeToo climate.

However, the new rendition of the holiday favorite, which has been sung by the likes of Dean Martin and Ella Fitzgerald, has since been slammed by Martin’s daughter, Deanna Martin, as “absolutely absurd” based on the rewritten verbiage in which the male protagonist offers to call his female date an Uber when she insists she must go home.

In discussing the thought process of rewriting such a historical piece of Christmas music, the “Voice” coach said he knew it would draw mixed reactions.

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“It would be fun, and it would be newsworthy,” he said of updating the song for his new Christmas album. “And yeah, yeah – it was both.”

Of the criticism the song has received, the 2019 Sexiest Man Alive called the backlash “interesting.”

Recording artist John Legend (L) and host Kelly Clarkson speak onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“People thinking we’ve gone too far speaking up for a woman’s right to not get raped or sexually harassed, when some would argue we’ve not gone far enough, when we have an admitted sexual assailant in the highest office in the land,” Legend explained.

“People think that because some people have lost their jobs, or have been expelled from Hollywood, like Weinstein, that we’ve gone too far. I don’t agree. But people wanted the ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ war to be a proxy war for all that.”

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The 10-time Grammy-winner also fired back at criticism he’s too liberal, adding he doesn’t “know what virtue-signaling is supposed to be.”

“I get that people don’t like people who are overly preachy or overly moralizing,” said Legend. “But, in my humble opinion, if you care about people who are often undervalued and overlooked in society, what’s so negative about that?

“There seem to be some who think that standing up for immigrants whose kids are getting locked up in cages is … some might call that virtue-signaling and some might think speaking up against it is absolutely right.”

The father of two also defended the song in an interview with Yahoo! last week, telling the outlet, “They saw one line where she’s talking about having a drink, and I’m like, ‘It’s your body, it’s your choice.’ And I think they wanted it to be part of the political kind of culture wars. If you listen to the song, it’s really just a funny update.”

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You’re here where you should be
Snow is falling as the carolers sing
It just wasn’t the same
Alone on Christmas day
Presents, what a beautiful sight
Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight
You’re all that I need
Underneath the tree
Tonight
I’m gonna hold you close
Make sure that you know
I was lost before you
Christmas was cold and grey
Another holiday alone to celebrate
But then one day everything changed
You’re all I need
Underneath the tree
You’re here where you should be
Snow is falling as the carolers sing
It just wasn’t the same
Alone on Christmas day
Presents, what a beautiful sight
Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight
You’re all that I need
Underneath the tree
I found what I was looking for
A love that’s meant for me
A heart that’s mine completely
Knocked me right off my feet
And this year I will fall
With no worries at all
‘Cause you are near and everything’s clear
You’re all I need
Underneath the tree
You’re here where you should be
Snow is falling as the carolers sing
It just wasn’t the same
Alone on Christmas day
Presents, what a beautiful sight
Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight
You’re all that I need
Underneath the tree
And then one day everything changed
You’re all I need
Underneath the tree
You’re here where you should be
Snow is falling as the carolers sing
It just wasn’t the same
Alone on Christmas day
Presents, what a beautiful sight
Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight
You’re all that I need
Underneath the tree
Tonight

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“Underneath the Tree” is a song by American singer Kelly Clarkson, from her sixth studio album and first Christmas album, Wrapped in Red (2013). Written by Clarkson along with Greg Kurstin, who handled its production, it is a Christmas-themed song that sings of gratitude for companionship during the holidays, in which the beloved is being referred as the only present needed “underneath the tree”. Accompanied by various instrumental sounds, the song prominently incorporates a Wall of Sound treatment along with sleigh bells and bell chimes to resonate a holiday atmosphere. “Underneath the Tree” was first released to Adult Contemporary radio stations on November 5, 2013, by RCA Records as the lead single from the album. “Underneath the Tree” has been praised by music critics, who considered it as the main highlight of Wrapped in Red and lauded its potential to be a holiday classic. They also favorably compared it to the 1994 modern Christmas standard “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. The song reached number one on the US and Canadian adult contemporary charts and has since became a recurring Top 40 hit in over eleven regions worldwide. more “

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You’re here where you should be Snow is falling as the carols sing It just wasn’t the same Alone on Christmas day Presents, what a beautiful sight Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight You’re all that I need Underneath the tree Tonight I’m gonna hold you close Make sure that you know I was lost before you Christmas was cold and grey Another holiday alone to celebrate But then one day everything changed You’re all I need Underneath the tree You’re here where you should be Snow is falling as the carols sing It just wasn’t the same Alone on Christmas day Presents, what a beautiful sight Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight You’re all that I need Underneath the tree I found, what I was looking for A love that’s meant for me A heart that’s mine completely Knocked me right off my feet And this year I will fall With no worries at all ‘Cause you are near and everything’s clear You’re all I need Underneath the tree You’re here where you should be Snow is falling as the carols sing It just wasn’t the same Alone on Christmas day Presents, what a beautiful sight Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight You’re all that I need Underneath the tree And then one day everything changed You’re all I need Underneath the tree You’re here where you should be Snow is falling as the carols sing It just wasn’t the same Alone on Christmas day Presents, what a beautiful sight Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t holding me tight You’re all that I need Underneath the tree Tonight

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Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. Born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas, Clarkson came into prominence after becoming the winner of the inaugural season of the television series American Idol in 2002 and later becoming the runner-up in the television special World Idol in 2003. more “

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Kelly Clarkson Reveals Empowering New Single “Broken & Beautiful” From “UglyDolls” Soundtrack [Listen]

Kelly Clarkson may be busy with her job on The Voice, her Meaning of Life World Tour and her upcoming television talk show, but the “Piece by Piece” singer is never too busy for new music. Through a lyric video on Youtube and a post on Instagram, Kelly has released her empowering new single, “Broken & Beautiful.”

“Hey guys whats’ up?, the UglyDolls soundtrack is out April 16 featuring my new single, “Broken & Beautiful,” which I love. And it’s also in movie theaters May 3,” she said in a clip about the song.

Kelly’s voice is doing double duty in the animated movie. The 36-year-old voices the lead role of Moxy in Uglydolls, based on the characters from the plush doll franchise.

The upbeat song, co-written by P!nk, Johnny McDaid, Marshmello and Steve Mac, has Kelly singing empowering lyrics about being strong but broken and the broken part is just as beautiful.

“I know I’m superwoman / I know I’m strong / I know I’ve got this cause I’ve had it all along / I’m phenomenal and I’m enough / I don’t need you to tell me who to be / can someone just hold me? / don’t fix me / don’t try to change a thing / can someone just know me / ’cause underneath I’m broken and it’s beautiful / I’m broken and it’s beautiful / I’m broken and it’s beautiful,” she sings in the chorus.

“Broken & Beautiful,” will be featured on the Uglydolls soundtrack, available for pre-order now. Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Bebe Rexha, Pentatonix and more will join Kelly on the movie’s soundtrack.

You can catch Kelly coaching new singing hopefuls on “The Voice,” where she is the reigning champion with two consecutive wins, Brynn Cartelli and Chevel Shepherd. “The Voice” airs on Monday nights on NBC.

UglyDolls hits theaters on May 3. Check out Kelly’s new single. We dare you not to at least tap a toe.

Listen to the updated lyrics of John Legend and Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have released their updated take on the controversial holiday classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — to mixed reactions, according to People magazine.

Legend announced last month that he and Clarkson would not only be covering the popular song for his upcoming Christmas album, “A Legendary Christmas,” but that they intended to rewrite some of the lyrics, the Deseret News reported.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was at the center of controversy last year, with some listeners finding the lyrics of the 1944 song problematic in the current #MeToo era, according to the Deseret News.

In Legend and Clarkson’s version, these controversial lyrics have been rewritten. For instance, critics of the original version contend that it is not supportive of consent, with the male singer encouraging the woman to stay, even after she tells him, “the answer is no,” according to CNN.

But in this updated version, Clarkson sings, “I’ve got to go away,” and Legend responds, “I can call you a ride,” according to CNN.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 8, 2019

Legend seemed to anticipate some pushback to the updated song. When he tweeted a link to the song on Friday, he wrote, “A welcome update or ‘PC Culture run amok & destroying everything great in the history of music?’ You decide.”

The daughter of the late Dean Martin (who famously covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in 1959) is among those who have spoken out against the rewritten lyrics.

Deana Martin attends the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award ceremony honoring Billy Crystal at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in New York. Charles Sykes, Invision via Associated Press

“I think that John should’ve just left it alone,” Deana Martin said in a recent interview, according to People.

“He’s stealing the thunder from Frank Loesser’s song and from my dad,” Deana Martin added, according to People. “He should write his own song if he doesn’t like this one, but don’t change the lyrics. It’s a classic, perfect song.”