“I see what you mean about the pregnant pause, but I think it's doubtful. I also just listened to Ariana Grande's version of the same song. Has anyone ever made the same suggestion about that?”
I´ve listened to many new versions of this song, Eartha Kitt sings “deed” a little dreamy, before she adds “to a platinum mine” in a more “serious” tone. In other versions, the singers sing “the deed” quite innocent, and not suggestive at all, in my opinion. (They sing it more like a regular, innocent pop-song)
“I am beginning to wonder, however, whether some of the other phrases in the song really are all that innocent after all.... Freudians could really have a field day.“
Of course there are many songs from that era and even much earlier with suggestive phrases. So I would never think that “Santa Baby” couldn´t be suggestive at all. But I wasn´t sure about “the deed” in this case.
"doing the deed" has been around as a phrase since at least the 1800s, afaict, but it has also had different connotations through the decades (and centuries). I think in the early days it was more related to criminal or illegal activity rather than sexual context. I'm not sure when it took on the latter meaning, but it seems to have always had a sort of illicit flavor, which, of course, anything sexual also had in the fifties.”
The 1976 AC/DC song “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” comes in my mind! AC/DC do a LOT of suggestive songwriting, and they do it in this song too. It´s about doing crimes, but in one verse he tells a woman if her boyfriend cheats on her, she can come to his place and “have ourselves a ball” – in this case, “dirty deeds” clearly means “sex”. That was in the 70s, but with the early 1950s I´m not sure.
The urban dictionary says:
deed: slang term for sex
deed: Scottish slang for "Dead"
Deed: a lesbian, esp. a lesbian that is not obviously a lesbian. Short form of "deed out" from the phonetic spelling of "d´ed out", short for dyked out".
deed: some dank weed
deed: Someone who is being a diva
"The more I consider 'Santa Baby', though, the more I reconsider my original judgement, including the pause after 'deed'."
Not only is there a pause, but also a variation in the music. When she sings "one little thing I really need, the deed ..." there is a clarinet playing, just on this part of the song.
When it comes to similar parts like
and fill my stockings with a duplex
and checks ..
I want a yacht and really that´s not
a lot ...
There is not such a pause and no clarinet playing. So maybe the clarinet is an additional hint for the listener that "... i really need the deed" is highly suggestive?