Avril Lavigne is in fighting form on new song, “Head Above Water.”
The larger-than-life power ballad details Avril’s resurgence from her life-threatening battle with Lyme disease.
“This is me and my fight. One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die,” Avril wrote in a note posted on her official website. “My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water. In that moment, the songwriting of this album began. It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”
She added, “like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather.”
The song is cinematic – Avril’s voice is honest and vulnerable as she sings about her fight to stay alive.
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“God, keep my head above water,” she sings over a powerful guitar melody mixed with a thumping beat and ethereal background vocals.
“Don’t let me drown, it gets harder / I’ll meet you there at the altar / As I fall down to my knees / Don’t let me drown, drown, drown / Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown.”
There’s also a new gorgeous, cinematic music video for the track in which the singer finds herself isolated and alone (but not lonely) in a stark, desolate water world.
Check it out below: