ELO, Lyrics:
Shine a little love.

Although the things you've done I wouldn't criticize.
I guess you had your way.
You see I gotta make you understand.
I know it sounds a foolish thing to say.
But it don't matter baby 'cos' today's another day.

CHORUS

You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life
You shine a little love on my life and let me see.

Remember,tonight we're gonna run till dawn
Remember,tonight we're gonna say.
We'll never stop we got a good thing goin' on.
I know you've heard it all before.
But I really need you darlin' every day I need you more.

Repeat Chorus

Can you understand.(Yes I understand) Can you feel it's right.
(I know it is) Will you be the same.(I'll do it all again).

It's been a year now and it's getting so much better.
You came home without a word.
Though everybody said you'll soon forget her.
Thay couldn't see and they just didn't understand.
And lookin' in the mirror there were fools at either hand.

Can you understand.(Yes I understand) Can you feel it's right.
(I know it is) Will you be the same.(I'll do it all again).

How many days had I been waiting there to tell you.
I really can't believe.
We're walkin' out into the world tonight.
We'll do it all again until the break of light.
And the feelin' in your heart will soon be shinin' in your eyes

Repeat Chorus

Jeff Lynne

From the 1979 LP, Discovery.

Facts:
The introduction to "Shine A Little Love" on the Discovery album features a strange sounding choral piece with odd sound effects throughout. This choral intro has been lifted from a German folk song recording called "Die Bl├╝melein sie schlafen" (translates to "The Little Flowers, They Sleep") written by Johannes Brahms. The actual source of the recording sampled in Shine A Little Love is uncertain, but it is clearly a male choral recording. For Shine A Little Love, a portion of a "Die Bl├╝melein sie schlafen" recording was sampled, some distortion was done to it, various keyboard effects were added over it, and finally the whole recording was slowed and flipped backwards. Because of all the manipulation, it's historically been incredibly difficult to identify. This section is missing from the single version and several compilation releases of the song and may well be considered an introduction to the Discovery album as a whole and not so much an intro to Shine A Little Love. Note: Jeff once said his intention for this intro was to create a ghostly (haunted room) sound effect to begin the album.