Listen to Avril Lavigne’s battling new single ‘Head Above Water’

The comeback track sees the singer address her recent battle with Lyme disease

Avril Lavigne has shared her comeback single, ‘Head Above Water’ – listen to the defiant new track below.

The ‘Sk8er Boi’ singer announced her return to music earlier this month, writing in an emotional statement to fans about how her recent experience battling Lyme disease had helped shape her current creative outlook.

“Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles,” she wrote. “I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of. I wrote songs in my bed and on the couch and recorded there mostly as well. Words and lyrics that were so true to my experience came pouring out of me effortlessly.”

Avril Lavigne

Lavigne has made good on her promise of new music by releasing ‘Head Above Water’ today (September 19), which largely draws on her struggle battling the disease.

“I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die,” Lavigne wrote in a statement accompanying the track.

“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 song writing 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.”

Listen to Avril Lavigne’s new single ‘Head Above Water’ below.

Lavigne last released a full-length album back in 2013, with a sixth studio album now reportedly in the works.