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Listen to her new song here

Today, Avril Lavigne gifted her fans with new music that they have anxiously been waiting on; she her first track since her last official self-titled album five years ago.

In a letter to her fans on her website, she explains what the song is about.

“Thank you for waiting so patiently as I fought through and still continue to fight, the battle of my lifetime. The first song I am choosing to release is called ‘Head Above Water.’ It is also the first song I wrote from my bed during one of the scariest moments of my life. One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began.”

Lavigne has been battling Lyme disease  To coincide with the release of “Head Above Water,” the Avril Lavigne Foundation has launched a charitable t-shirt campaign that will raise money to benefit individuals affected by Lyme disease who can’t otherwise afford treatment.

See the lyrics video below: