Shine

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Oh let your little light shine, Let your little light shine. 

Shine on Wall Street and Vegas, Place your bets.

Shine on the fishermen, With nothing in their nets 

Shine on rising oceans and evaporating seas 

Shine on our Frankenstein technologies 

Shine on science, With its tunnel vision 

Shine on fertile farmland, Buried under subdivisions

Let your little light shine, Let your little light shine

Shine on the dazzling darkness, That restores us in deep sleep

Shine on what we throw away And what we keep

Shine on Reverend Pearson Who threw away The vain old God

kept Dickens and Rembrandt and Beethoven And fresh plowed sod

Shine on good earth, good air, good water

And a safe place For kids to play

Shine on bombs exploding Half a mile away

Let your little light shine, Let your little light shine

Shine on world-wide traffic jams, Honking day and night

Shine on another asshole, Passing on the right!

Shine on the red light runners. Busy talking on their cell phones

Shine on the Catholic Church And the prisons that it owns

Shine on all the Churches, They all love less and less

Shine on a hopeful girl, In a dreamy dress

Let your little light shine, Let your little light shine

Shine on good humor, Shine on good will

Shine on lousy leadership, Licensed to kill

Shine on dying soldiers, In patriotic pain

Shine on mass destruction, In some God’s name!

Shine on the pioneers, Those seekers of mental health

Craving simplicity, They traveled inward

Past themselves… May all their little lights shine