This Little Light of Mine

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Information About This Little Light of Mine

"This Little Light of Mine" was written by Harry Dixon Loes in 1920 and was made into a tradition as far as American folk music goes. It was first thought that it came from slave spirituals because it became an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement, but this was not the case. It is a classic gospel children's song that children are going to be singing for many years to come. Most people believe that the song comes from Matthew 5:16, which states, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in the heaven".

Some people also think that it comes from two other verses in the Bible, Luke 11:33, "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light". or Matthew 5:14-15, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house".

This song has been sung by a lot of different people for a variety of different reasons. Even though most of the time, it is sung as a lesson to children about the Bible. This is why this song is so popular among the younger generation of children.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Additional verse sent in by one of our fans

Hide it under a bush, oh no!
I'm going to let it shine.
Hide it under a bush, oh no!
I'm going to let it shine. let it shine, let it shine.

These 2 verses are also great to sing along too

This little light of mine
I'm gunna let it shine
This little light of mine
I'm gunna let it shine
This little light of mine
I'm gunna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel. .NO!
I'm gunna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel. .NO!
I'm gunna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Don't let anyone blow it out
I'm gunna let it shine
Don't let anyone blow it out
I'm gunna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

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Carie, United States

15 September 2013 at 5:53pm

Sweet. I really like her videos for little ones b/c they're interactive. Check out her 5 Little Pumpkins.

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Carie, United States

15 September 2013 at 5:52pm

Sweet. I really like her videos for little ones b/c their interactive.

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Lexis & Destiny, United States

7 July 2012 at 7:28pm

that lady is creepy she scares us

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Polieean, Bhutan

22 April 2012 at 12:25am

Werrd lady

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Ashley, United States

1 October 2011 at 5:15pm

thank you for that. When i was in school we sang it different,but oh well

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Madelynn Jones, United States

1 March 2011 at 1:24am

that was very good but you need music and you thaught my sister a lessson!

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