For My Jerusalem, it's not merely about writing and performing songs, but imbuing them with atmosphere and taking the listener on a trip into a nocturnal setting where the most torrid and primitive emotions can flourish.
Carll has a Texas sense of humor, by which I mean he often writes BIG songs to emphasize the outrageousness of human situations. When he sings of love, he means lust, between a man and a woman so mismatched that only sex and booze can make the relationship work.
With two of his latest books, Kinky Friedman: Heroes of a Texas Childhood and What Would Kinky Do? How to Unscrew a Screwed-up World, we find Kinky in his roles, respectively, as historian and Texas Cultural Ambassador to the Rest of the World.