"The Fez" as written by Walter Carl Becker, Donald Jay Fagen and Paul Lawrence Griffin....
No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
That's what I am
Please understand
I want to be your holy man
No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
Ain't never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
That's what I am
Please understand
I want to be your holy man

No I'm never gonna do it without the fez on
Oh no
Don't make me do it without the fez on
Oh no
That's what I am please understand


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"The Fez" as written by Paul Lawrence Griffin Donald Jay Fagen

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  • +6
    General Commentthe fez is 70's slang for condom
    tennisluvr71on February 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt *is* disco, plain and simple. And perhaps they *were* trying to cash in, but not without a little poison in the sugar. I remember hating disco (had a "Disco Sucks" t-shirt) at the time, but I had to like this song because it was Steely Dan. In truth I did like disco, but as a pure-bred white boy in a white part of the country, wouldn't/couldn't admit it...

    I never knew about fez == condom until recently, so I just thought it was "cool" to think you might have a "funny hat" on in bed.
    mumajoron July 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis one always reminds me of a friend I had in high school who refused to take his socks off during sex. lol
    pairadocson February 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've posted previously that this is probably about gay culture. Disco and someone's comment that the fez was gay slang for condom.

    Captain Obvious has to point out that Fagen's irony is in the line "I want to be your holy man".

    Religious views against condoms/masturbation are derived from an Old Testament reading where someone was supposed to impregnate his brother's wife after he died (as was the custom) but he pulled out and "wasted his seed".

    So basically Fagen is doing what he does best, besides his musical songwriting abilities.
    bkabbotton February 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFez = slang for a condom (mainly from gay subculture of the 70s, if I remember right.)

    ...song becomes pretty straightforward from there, if a little tongue in cheek.
    theoddballon April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt also sounds like a song about a man with an odd fetish one of my fav tracks on the album this song is so addictive
    Tim Doggon March 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncredibly groove-driven, this song is decadent for those of us who don't take lyrics all that seriously.
    GreyBlueEyeson August 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo condom = no sex 4 you. . .
    but with a nice beat!
    WhitePunkOnDopeon September 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think this song is about condoms or AIDs as some say, it was released before AIDs was a problem in the US.
    b4nton April 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHell - who wanted to use condoms before Aids became known? No way Jose
    nagromnaion May 17, 2007   Link

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