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"This Little Light of Mine" by Harry Dixon Loes 1920's







May 2022 be filled only with all things Joyous and Wonderful for us All!!!

Let's hope it's our best year yet!!!


Mummy taught me this beautiful, joyful song and its story when I was a little girl. We love this song and all that it represents. This is also a glorious Song, especially as a Christmas Song. 

I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions but I do believe that this is something that we all must do continually throughout our lives, SHINE!!! 

At times in my life, I have dimmed my light to hide and avoid unwanted attention. Negative and positive unwanted attention was a complication that I tried to avoid. 

I learned the hard way that dimming your light comes at a hefty price. 

From experience and with love I tell you, don't ever dim your light for anyone. Most especially, don't ever let anyone else dim your light. Many will try to make themselves feel better. Never Yield! Never Surrender! Never dim your light! 

Remember always, this wonderful song and its inspiring message. Hang onto this message in the darkest times. If you make a Resolution make it this one. 

I have included the Wikipedia references about this song, if you're interested. 

May you enjoy this marvellous and important song as much as I do, Always!  

The original version of "This Little Light of Mine" is included below and beautifully sung by the choir.

I have included a Special Bonus Version of this wonderful song, not the original, performed by Bruce Springsteen, 

"The Boss", Enjoy!!!


This Little Light of Mine

"This Little Light of Mine" is a popular gospel song of unknown origin. It was often reported to be written for children in the 1920s by Harry Dixon Loes, but he never claimed credit for the original version of the song, and the Moody Bible Institute where he worked said he did not write it.[1][2] It was later adapted by Zilphia Horton, amongst many other activists, in connection with the civil rights movement.[3]


The origin of the song is unclear, but the phrase "This little light of mine" appears published in poetry by 1925 by Edward G. Ivins, a writer in Montana.[4][5] In 1931, the song is mentioned in a Los Angeles newspaper as "Deaconess Anderson's song".[6] In 1932, the song was mentioned in a 1932 Missouri newspaper.[7] In 1933, the song was mentioned in newspapers as being sung by a chorus at an African Methodist Episcopal conference in Helena, Montana and then various other churches around the United States later that year.[8][9][10] In June 1934 John Lomax and Alan Lomax recorded the earliest known recording of the song when they recorded Jim Boyd of Jacksonville, Texas singing at the State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.[11][12] In 1939 Lomax returned to Texas with Ruby Lomax during their Southern States Recording Trip and recorded the song again. This song and others were sung by a black woman, Doris McMurray[13] who was imprisoned at Thomas Goree Unit in Texas and said that she learned the song from her grandmother in Waco.[14] She sang the following lyrics, taught to her by her grandmother:

This little light o’ mine, I’m goin’ let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Evrywhere I go, I’m goin’ let it shine (repeat)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

In my neighbor’s home, I’m goin’ let it shine  (repeat)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Many other verses have been added over the years, including impromptu lines appropriate to the occasion. The song is sung around the world, with the simple lyrics and tune resonating with all ages. Harry Dixon Loes, who studied at the Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music, was a musical composer and teacher, who wrote or co-wrote several other gospel songs. He wrote a popular adaptation of the song "This Little Light of Mine" in the 1940s, but never copyrighted or claimed credit for writing the original, which remains of unknown origin.[15]

Often thought of as an African-American spiritual, it can be found in The United Methodist Hymnal, #585,[16] adapted by William Farley Smith in 1987, and in the Unitarian Universalist Hymn Book, Singing the Living Tradition, #118, with harmonies by Horace Clarence Boyer.[17]


Some claim the song takes its theme from some of Jesus's remarks to his followers. Matthew 5:14-16 of the King James Version gives: "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. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." The parallel passage in Luke 11:33 of the King James Version gives: "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."[18] Given that the source is unknown and God and Jesus are not mentioned in the words, it is equally possible that the song reflects a global longing to be seen as a good person trying to make the world a better place.


Bettie Mae Fikes singing "This Little Light of Mine" in Selma, Alabama, in 2019.

The song was sung by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Godmother of Rock 'N' Roll, as early as 1960. The song has also been secularised into "This Little Girl of Mine" as recorded by Ray Charles[19] in 1956 and later The Everly Brothers. It has often been published with a set of hand movements to be used for the instruction of children.

Under the influence of Zilphia HortonFannie Lou Hamer, and others, it eventually became a Civil Rights anthem in the 1950s and 1960s, especially the version by Bettie Mae Fikes.[20] The Kingston Trio recorded it on College Concert in 1962, and The Seekers for their second UK album, Hide & Seekers (also known as The Four & Only Seekers) in 1964. Sam Cooke released his version on the 1964 live album Sam Cooke at the Copa. Over time it also became a very popular children's song, recorded and performed by the likes of Raffi in the 1980s from his album Rise and Shine, releasing it as a single. It is sometimes included in Christian children's song books.[21]

Odetta and the Boys Choir of Harlem performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman on September 17, 2001, on the first show after Letterman resumed broadcasting, after having been off the air for several nights following the events of 9/11.[22] Reverend Osagyefo Sekou and other counter-protesters sang "This Little Light of Mine" defiantly before a crowd of white supremacists and alt-right supporters gathered for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2018.[1]

The song featured on Hoyt Axton's 1963 album Thunder 'N Lightnin' named "This Little Light". LZ7 took their version of the song also named "This Little Light" to number 26 in the UK Singles Chart. The song is also sung in several scenes of the 1994 film Corrina, Corrina starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta.

The song was mixed with You Can't Be A Beacon by The Masters V (Later: J.D. Sumner and the Stamps) in 1988.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose to end their wedding in May 2018 with a version of the iconic song.[23]




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