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"This Little Light of Mine" is a gospel song written for children in the 1920s by Harry Dixon Loes. It was later adapted by Zilphia Horton, amongst many other activists, in connection with the civil rights movement. Although the words of the song have a Biblical theme, it is unclear as to which specific Bible verse it is based upon. Today, many versions of the song are available.

Raffi sang the song on his album Rise and Shine and in Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band in a medley of He's Got The Whole World, One Light, One Sun and This Little Light of Mine. He even fully sang it on Raffi on Broadway.

Elizabeth Cook performed the song on the 2001 tribute album Country Goes Raffi.

Lyrics[]

Chorus:
This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, hey
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

I'm gonna take this light around the world
And I'm gonna let it shine
Take this light around the world
And I'm gonna let it shine
Take this light around the world
And I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

(Repeat Chorus)

Well, I won't let anyone blow it out
I'm gonna let it shine
I won't let anyone blow it out
I'm gonna let it shine
I won't let anyone blow it out
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

(Repeat Chorus)

Every day, every day
I'm going to let my little light shine!

Trivia[]

  • The 1982 album version plays in G, the concert versions play in A, and the Country Goes Raffi version plays in D. The instrumental reprise rendition on Raffi on Broadway where Raffi leaves the stage, but then returns, also plays in A.

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