In a heartfelt letter to fans, Lavigne shared both her struggles and creative process. “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.”
The intimate piano ballad offers a never-seen-before side of Lavigne: simultaneously fearful and fierce. Chanting for her life, the "Complicated" singer passionately recites the emotionally charged chorus over stark piano chords: "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 knee, don't let me drown."
Coinciding with the song release, Lavigne is also bringing the message through The Avril Lavigne Foundation -- the pop star's own organization focused on bringing awareness to the severity of Lyme disease. The foundation has launched a charitable T-shirt campaign that will raise funds to directly assist individuals affected by Lyme who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford treatment.
Listen to Avril Lavigne's powerful new single “Head Above Water” below.