Avril Lavigne's new track 'Head Above Water' bares her struggle with Lyme Disease

By Jessica Pollack

Avril Lavigne has delighted fans by releasing "Head Over Water," her first new track in five years that speaks candidly about her struggle with Lyme Disease. Over a powerful piano hook, the "Complicated" singer lays her soul bare in lyrics like "Yeah my life is what I'm fighting for / can't part the seas, can't reach the shore / and my voice becomes the driving force / I won't let this pull me overboard."

The Canadian star shared some context on the powerful single, which she co-wrote, in a statement, saying, “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. 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.”

To help others withe the illness, the star's Avril Lavigne Foundation is releasing a Head Above Water t-shirt with proceeds helping to fund treatment for people who can't afford it. Avril revealed her battle with Lyme Disease in 2015, and she's slowly been returning to the limelight over the past few years for causes that matter to her. That year, she took to the stage at the Special Olympics to perform "Fly," an empowering song that she wrote to inspire athletes and open the games.

This past spring, the 33-year-old attended her first red carpet in years in support of the the Race to Erase MS Gala, a fundraiser that the star has been involved with for quite some time. While there, she opened up to E! News about her disease, saying, “Everything is brighter when you go through an experience like that. The simple things in life are what mean the most really. I’m happy to be here.”

Avril Lavigne poses in the water in a white dress on the single's cover art.

She also spoke about her upcoming sixth studio album, of which fans have just gotten their first taste with "Head Above Water." Avril gushed, “It’s a really powerful record. I’ve been writing songs that are really just powerful and true and honest and sincere and I think people will really be able to relate to it. I’ve gone through a lot of personal stuff in the past two years so I’ve really drawn from that.”

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