Kinky Friedman was born October 31, 1944. Happy number 58! Yee-haw!
You have to love this guy just even as a force of personality. He’s a songwriter, singer & novelist. He’s a high brow Heb and a good ol’ boy. He writes them sensitive country ballads, and that groovy smart-ass Jewish sarcasm. The Texan and the Hebrew parts of his background make a fine combination. Note that this makes him double bred for kickin’ ass.
Which gets us to his signature song, “They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore.” He wrote a perfect hook laden honky tonk country bar room sing-a-long the equal of anything by Ernest Tubb or even Merle Haggard, except that the lyrics run a slightly different direction than what the usual clientele of such songs would be able to make much sense of:
No, they ain’t makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore,
We don’t turn the other cheek the way we done before.
You could hear that honky holler as he hit that hardwood floor
“Lord, they sho’ ain’t makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore!”