This Little Light of Mine

DESCRIPTION: "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine (x3), Ev'ry day (x4), Gonna let my little light shine." The singer thanks God for gifts given every day, warns that there is no hiding from sin, and urges all to let their lights shine.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (LoC recording by Doris McMurray, TX)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Warren-Spirit, pp. 95-96, "This Little Light of Mine" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 352, "This Little Light of Mine" (1 text)

W. Emmons & Mt. Olive Soul Stirrers, "This Little Light of Mine" (Fortune 1318, n.d.)
Pete Seeger, "This Little Light of Mine" (on PeteSeeger27)
Betty Mae Fikes, "This Little Light of Mine" (on VoicesCiv)
Rutha Harris, Betty Mae Fikes et al, "This Little Light" (onSingFreeCD)
Doris McMurray, "This Little Light o'Mine" (AFS 02648b01, 1939)
Montgomery Improvement Association High School Trio, "This Little Light" (on SingFreeCD)
St. Paul Baptist Choir, "This Little Light of Mine" (Capitol 1069, 1950)
SNCC Freedom Singers, "Freedom Chant/Oh, Freedom/This Little Light of Mine" (on VoicesCiv)
Clara Ward Singers, "This Little Light of Mine" (Savoy 4038A, rec. 1952)

NOTES [47 words]: I've heard another song by this name floating around in Sunday School classes. Mercifully, I have forgotten it, but it clearly wasn't a traditional song. - RBW
Clearly the Montgomery recording wasn't the earliest date for this song, but it's the earliest one we've found so far. -PJS
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File: FSWB352C

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