Oh this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Oh, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Oh, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

 

Oh, deep down in the South, I’m gonna let it shine.

Oh, deep down in the South, I’m gonna let it shine.

Oh, deep down in the South, I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

 

Oh, we have a light of freedom, we’re gonna let it shine.

Oh, we have a light of freedom, we’re gonna let it shine.

Oh, we have a light of freedom, we’re gonna let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

 

Oh, God gave to us, we gonna let it shine.

Oh, God gave to us, we gonna let it shine.

Oh, God gave to us, we gonna let it shine.

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

 

Oh, all in the church, we’re gonna let it shine.

Oh, all in the church, we’re gonna let it shine

Oh, all in the church, we’re gonna let it shine

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

 

Oh this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Oh, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Oh, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Why this song?

Written way back in the ’20s, this song was taken up by the Civil Rights Movement as an anthem. There are lots of different versions of the words, but Betty Fikes’ version comes from the heart of the Civil Rights struggles.

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