Avril Lavigne’s new single, ‘Head Above Water,’ is about her Lyme disease battle

Avril Lavigne isn’t just shrugging off cliches when she sings “God, keep my head above water / Don’t let me drown, it gets harder” on her new single “Head Above Water.”

Lavigne has been on a nearly five-year hiatus and revealed in a statement that her years-long battle with Lyme disease inspired the song, particularly one pained night that she feared would be her last.

“I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die,” she said. “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.”

Mostly bedridden for two years as she fought the disease, Lavigne described how her “entire body (got) weak,” and she refrained from performing as she recovered. 

” ‘Head Above Water’ ” was the first song that I sang,” she said, and while she expected her voice to be weak after the years she was forced to stay quiet, “it ended up being stronger than ever. The break happened to actually be good for my vocal cords.”

Along with her comeback single, Lavigne is pushing for Lyme disease awareness with her eponymous foundation, which supports people with the disease and other major illnesses.

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