Best Song to Cry To
'Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun' by Gaelynn Lea
Anyone who has watched Gaelynn Lea’s NPR performance of her 2016 Tiny Desk Concert-winning song, “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun,” won’t forget it anytime soon. The pure, unguarded emotions expressed by the Duluth singer-songwriter speak right to the heart of listeners longing for a brighter day, those seeking a companion during life’s perilous moments. “Don’t tell me we’ve got time / The subtle thief of life / It slips away when we pay no mind,” Lea sings during the song’s moving apogee. It serves as a warning to make the most of each day, because life is fleeting and tomorrow is never promised to anyone. There’s a funereal grace to Lea’s Irish-folk sound, as her tremulous vocals carry the fractured weight of the song’s eloquent poignancy. It’s beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once, and it will leave you drying your eyes once it’s done.