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This Little Light

 

About This Little Light This Little Light

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 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 to This Little Light

This Little Light

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

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…

This little light of mine...

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