This Little Light: About the Song

Song History

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was strengthened by people singing together wherever they gathered. "This Little Light" was one of the most popular songs of the movement. It is a gospel song written by Harry Dixon Loes around the year 1920. Often thought of as a spiritual, "This Little Light" does not, however, appear in any collection of jubilee or plantation songs from the 19th century. The song takes its theme from the Bible, Matthew 5:16, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in the heaven."

Lyrics

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Hide it under a bushel - NO!...

Out in the dark…

Everywhere I go…

Ain’t gonna make it shine
Just gonna let it shine…

We’ve got the light of freedom
We’re gonna let it shine…

Let it shine all over the world...

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