Avril Lavigne Talks to God in New Song ‘Head Above Water’

By Austin Roscoe Published on September 24, 2018

Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne released a new single Wednesday — and it sounds a bit like a worship song.

The single, titled “Head Above Water,” reflects on her battle with Lyme disease. “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,” Lavigne said in a statement. “Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began.”

In the chorus, Lavigne sings, “God, keep my head above water/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.”

In conjunction with the release of “Head Above Water,” The Avril Lavigne Foundation is selling a charitable t-shirt, with all proceeds going to “help individuals affected by Lyme that would otherwise not be able to afford treatment.”

Lavigne has been largely out of the public eye since her last album debuted in 2013. Her last single, “Fly,” was released in 2015 with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics.

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