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Five years af­ter we last heard from the Cana­dian pop star Avril Lav­i­gne (34) is back with a new track called Head above Wa­ter, a dra­matic bal­lad that speaks about her bat­tle with Lyme disease.

The singer was di­ag­nosed with the tick­borne disease – which left her bedrid­den for five months and barely able to walk – in 2015.

In a re­cent let­ter to fans posted on her web­site, Avril says she wrote Head above Wa­ter af­ter “one of the scari­est mo­ments of my life where I’d ac­cepted death and could feel my body shut­ting down”. She likens the ex­pe­ri­ence to drown­ing.

The song­bird has promised fans her long-awaited sixth al­bum will drop this year, but no name or date has been an­nounced yet.

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