In 1974, Grammy-winning country singer Donna Fargo grabbed everyone’s heart again when she released the gospel song “You Can’t Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don’t Shine).”
The song debuted at number one on several musical charts, including “US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)” and “Canadian RPM Country Tracks,” as part of her album “Miss Donna Fargo,” which was inspired by events that happened during the “Watergate Scandal” from 1972 – 1974.
This political scandal in the United States shook the singer’s rosy and serene vision of the world and prompted her to write songs for “Miss Donna Fargo.”
Because of the song “You Can’t Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don’t Shine),” Fargo’s 1974 album soared to the top of the charts, peaking at number four on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.
So, what makes this song such a hit aside from its catchy tune? Let’s dive into the soulful lyrics and timeless wisdom of Donna Fargo.
Meaning Behind the Song
Thanks to Donna Fargo’s songs like “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A” and “Funny Face,” the Grammy Winner was known to spread positivity – she became a beacon in dark times like how it was during the Watergate Scandal.
Written by Marty Cooper, “You Can’t Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don’t Shine)” is a song based on the biblical verse “Matthew 5:16,” which states, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
It’s a song that encourages us to put God’s light to good use. However, humans are all too susceptible to committing sins, as it is already in our nature.
We are often readily swayed by worldly things, like greed and temptation. As a result, our capacity to serve as a beacon for others dwindles, causing us to fall into the darkness of life.
The light within us may fade, but it is not too late for us to become the “light of the world” again. Our lives can once more shine through, and that can only happen if we live each day in the light of God.
So, if you find your light fading, watch Donna Fargo’s performance of the song “You Can’t Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don’t Shine)” below. It may be just what you need to become the beacon you were meant to be.