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Every Twenty-four Hours (with Richard Thompson)

Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (2007)





Richard was scheduled to come in and record with me the next day at Village Recorders in Los Angeles . In a panic after realizing I had no song ready, I whipped this one up in my kitchen that night. I really had no idea if the tune would work for us or not until Richard heard it in the studio and gave it the thumbs up. We did three versions, which were all very different, so I picked this one. I asked Richard to sing at the very last moment, and he did a great job. Between takes I mentioned John Williams and Julian Bream and he treated us to an off-the-cuff medley of music from side two their great album “Together!”  Every Twenty-four Hours became an often requested number at my shows, and that phrase often lifts my spirits. Live now, get things done, the whole world turns around every 24.


Driving 12 hours after the show

Hit the boarder at dawn and kept going

As the moon crossed my path, I was doing the math

Will I make it? There’s no way of knowing

I should’ve called home ‘fore she went to sleep

I pray the Lord for her soul to keep

Tomorrow will tell who’s been tending the sheep

The world turns every 24 hours

Ah, turns every 24 hours

Ah, it turns every 24 hours


Under a bridge in the black squalling rain

I could see then but just for an instant

The wind hauled, the morning roared like a train

And the skyline was lost in the distance

Who moves the furniture? Who hit the light?

Every thing’s changing but nothing seems right

I thought I was smart but that was last night

The world turns every 24 hours


Ah, turns every 24 hours

Ah, turns every 24 hours

Turns every 24 hours


So the arrows were down and the way through the town

Was blocked by the flood and a crash site

The cop waved me through but I thought of you

‘Cross ten thousand miles of moonlight

Our life’s opportunity moves with great speed

Pay close attention, it’s not guaranteed

We live in the whirl of wonder and greed

And it turns every 24 hours

Ah, turns every 24 hours

Ah, turns every 24 hours

Ah, turns every 24 hours

Ah, turns every 24 hours


This cd can be found at  It was nominated for a Grammy™  and it’s one that I’m very proud of.






  1. Every right to be proud of the album. Special collection of songs and I love the vibe it gives off, maybe through the great album title. Every twenty-four hours…shows that when the pressure’s on, surprising things can happen..yes indeed

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