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Music Challenge #38: “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne #musicchallenge #MLMM

I love quite a few Avril Lavigne songs, but was surprised to hear her recent song, “Head Above Water,” is a mix of pop music and Contemporary Christian music. It’s quite different than her old song “Sk8ter Boi,” a favorite from high school.

Either way, I found her newest single to be an inspirational song both before I knew it was a mixed-genre piece, and after. I think that “Head Above Water” is an effective song, no matter if you share Avril’s new Christian faith — no matter what you’re facing in life.


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Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne

https://youtu.be/EKF6ghfcQic


From BillBoard.com “Avril Lavigne Swore She’d Never Grow Up…

More than a decade removed from the youthful sneer of “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi,” p . . . Lavigne made it clear that even if she wasn’t directly spinning her bratty teen antics into ear candy, she could at least make songs about remembering that person — and maybe, trying to still be that person.

“But with the first taste of her long-awaited sixth album, “Head Above Water,” Lavigne has . . . made a truly grown-up song. The 33-year-old’s music has certainly never lacked drama, but here, the battle to stay alive isn’t strictly metaphorical: The song directly addresses her struggles with Lyme disease, which ha[s] kept her out of the public for the past few years.

“It is also the first song I wrote from my bed during one of the scariest moments of my life,” she wrote in a letter to fans announcing the single. “I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air…. Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water.”

While lying in her mother’s arms, she started to turn those feelings into lyrics, and eventually brought them to co-writers Travis Clark and Stephan Moccio. The song they came up with, checks few of the boxes of a quintessential Avril Lavigne single. While she hardly shunned slower or more stripped-down material across her five studio albums [as] — “I’m With You” is one of the biggest hits of her career — Lavigne’s discography has mostly been defined by upbeat, in-your-face guitar-based pop-punk tunes.

[The] string-backed piano balladry of “Head Above Water” is a break even from her softer material. That’s certainly appropriate for what she’s singing about — a grave story, . . . but the song could also signal something of a slate-clearing for a singer known for [her] unique persona in an industry that has changed seismically since her last album.”

“. . . Of course, it’s way too early to tell whether “Head Above Water” is a proper indication of what the rest of the record sounds like. It’s entirely possible that the song is . . . a somber catch-up about where she’s been, with a more conventional single waiting in the wings, with hair streaked pink. . . But maybe “Head Above Water” is announcing something more than just a comeback; here, it sounds like Lavigne is aiming for a reset. (Billboard.com)”


Use “Head Above Water” sung by Avril Lavigne as inspiration to any form of creative expression (including but not limited to short stories, poems, lyrics, artwork, photography, (etc.). Alternatively, if you are a musician, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

What do the lyrics inspire in you? Do you feel uplifted or do they remind you of a time you were suffering too Are you going through something right now that prayer or God is helping you through? What has helped you through difficult experiences in the past? You can always use pieces of the lyrics to inspire you. Any creative form goes. And you don’t have to be direct or explicit if the nature of your piece is too personal.


Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne

*****

I’ve gotta keep the calm before the storm
I don’t want less, I don’t want more
Must bar the windows and the doors
To keep me safe, to keep me warm
*****
Yeah my life is what I’m fighting for
Can’t part the sea, can’t reach the shore
And my voice becomes the driving force
I won’t let this pull me overboard
*****

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, drown, drown
Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown

*****

So pull me up from down below
‘Cause I’m underneath the undertow
Come dry me off and hold me close
I need you now I need you most

*****

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, drown, drown
(Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown)
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
And keep my head above water
(Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown)
Above water
*****

And I can’t see in the stormy weather
I can’t seem to keep it all together
And I can’t swim the ocean like this forever
And I can’t breathe
*****
God, keep my head above water
I lose my breath at the bottom
Come rescue me, I’ll be waiting
I’m too young to fall asleep
*****

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
Don’t let me drown
(Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown)
Don’t let me drown
And keep my head above water
(Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown)
Above water

*****

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