Baby It's Cold Outside singers (Neptune's Daughter)

(Meredith) -- A radio station in San Francisco will once again play the controversial classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside," after nixing the song from its holiday playlist last week. 

KOIT program director Brian Figula decided to take the song off the air amid an ongoing debate over its "problematic" lyrics. That decision didn't sit well with thousands of listeners who apparently flooded phone lines and sent emails to the radio station demanding the song's return. 

Figula decided to leave the song's fate up to a poll on Dec. 4. There were more than 23,000 votes with 77% of respondents in favor of putting the song back on the air.

In a statement released on Monday, Figula said: "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."

“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 continued.

The duet, written in the 1940s, features a woman singing about how she should leave a man's home while he tries to convince her to stay, pointing to the winter weather. In one line, the woman sings: "I really can’t stay,” to which the man replies, “But baby, it’s cold outside.”

At another point, the woman asks, "Hey, what's in this drink?" before she goes on to say, "I ought to say no, no, no sir." The man then sings, "At least I'm gonna say that I tried."

Some critics say the lyrics have predatory undertones and raise concerns of date rape, while others insist it's just wintry flirtation. 

Earlier this month, another radio station in Cleveland said it also stopped playing the song after listeners deemed it inappropriate.

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