내한 공연을 갖기도 했던 캐나다 출신의 펑크 락 싱어송라이터로 유명한 Avril Lavigne은 2013년 앨범 발표이후 5년 간 활동이 많지 않았는데요, 최근 그녀가 발표한 노래 'Head Above Water'가 빌보드 크리스천 음악 차트에 등장했습니다. (* 9/29자 5위로 등장해서 10/13 현재 2위까지 올라 있네요)


출처 : billboard.com


대체 그 사이에 어떤 일이 있었던 것일까요, 2014년 진드기로 인해 감염되어 생명을 위협하는 '라임병 (Lyme Disease)'에 걸려 오랜 투병 중에 죽을 고비까지 겪으면서 경험한 이야기를 담은 노래라고 하는데요, 그녀의 공식 홈페이지에는 다음과 같은 글이 올라와 있습니다. 

“I’m in a battle, 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 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.”

“I went through a lot to get here, The positive side is I didn’t stop living my life. Having music while I was healing and in recovery definitely pulled me out of my darkness. I had a goal to work towards and a purpose. I hope the album touches people. We all go through challenges in life. Some unfortunately are more serious than others. Having gone through the battle of my lifetime, I’m stronger than ever and looking forward to sharing my renewed voice and energy for my life with my fans through this new music.”



여러 해외 크리스천 관련 매체 들은 그녀가 이번에 발표한 노래와 '믿음'에 대한 기사를 다루고 있는데요, 인터넷에서 확인된 몇몇 내용들로 추정은 됩니다만 그녀의 '믿음'에 대해서 현재로서는 정확히 알 수 없습니다.


곧 발표할 것으로 예상되는 새로운 앨범의 주제와 수록 곡들, 다양한 활동, 매체 인터뷰 등을 통해 그녀가 놀랍게 경험한 '신에 대한 믿음'에 대한 기대를 갖고 계속해서 주목해 보고자 합니다.



Head Above Water' (2018)

Avril Lavigne, Stephan Moccio, Travis Clark


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 Don't let me, don't let me, don't let me drown (keep my head above water, above water)


And I can't see in the stormy weather I can't seem to keep it all together ; And I, 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, don't let me drown) Don't let me drown (don't let me, don't let me drown) Don't let me drown (don't let me, don't let me drown) Keep my head above water, above water


※ 2015년 [스페셜 올림픽]을 위해 특별히 자선 싱글로 발표한 'Fly'


※ 2002년 빌보드 [HOT 100] 차트 10위에 올랐던 그녀의 대표곡 'Sk8er Boi'