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The Meaning of Fraternity of Man’s “Don’t Bogart That Joint”

Fraternity of Man’s “Don’t Bogart That Joint” (or “Don’t Bogart Me”) is a classic anthem of the marijuana rotation. Released in 1968 on the group’s self-titled debut album, it gained notoriety after being included on the soundtrack for the film Easy Rider (1969), and maintains a steady presence among potheads everywhere to this day.

Fraternity of Man – “Don’t Bogart That Joint” (1968)

What Does “Don’t Bogart That Joint” Mean?

When smoking a joint with a group of people, to “bogart” the joint would be to hang onto it too long, while the rest of the group patiently waits for their turn to hit it.

Sometimes, when a person bogarts the joint, it goes out, and then it has to be re-lit. This causes a waste of perfectly good marijuana.

Where Did The Term “Bogart” Come From?

Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)

The term “bogart” is a slang term inspired by the famous actor Humphrey Bogart, who was rarely seen without a cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth.

Humphrey’s nickname was Bogie, which also became a slang term for cigarettes that is still in use today.

Little Feat Version

Little Feat often played “Don’t Bogart That Joint” live, which makes sense considering Fraternity of Man was made up of three members from Lowell George’s band The Factory — Richie Hayward, Warren Klein, and Martin Kibbee. Hayward would later join Little Feat, hence the connection.

Little Feat’s “Don’t Bogart That Joint” also appeared on their 1978 live album, Waiting For Columbus.

Little Feat – “Don’t Bogart That Joint”

Phish Version

Phish is another band that has been known to perform “Don’t Bogart That Joint.” Their most well-known rendition of the tune comes from their Halloween Show in 2010, when they performed Little Feat’s Waiting For Columbus in its entirety.

Phish – “Don’t Bogart That Joint” (10/31/10)