Last week, Avril Lavigne shared her new single, “We Are Warriors.” It’s a reworking of Avril’s Head Above Water closing track, “Warrior,” which detailed Avril’s battle with Lyme Disease. The updated song reflects the current times we’re in. She’s transformed it into “We Are Warriors,” and it is dedicated especially to those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic – everyone from nurses and doctors to grocery store workers and postal workers and firefighters. Today, “We Are Warriors” gets a music video highlighting those one the frontlines.
Compared to the album recording of “Warrior,” the new single “We Are Warriors” retains the same music and mood. It’s a gentle ballad, but it captures vigor, too. Now, instead of finding Avril fighting a lonely battle, the song brings us all together. We are warriors, and we will survive when we help each other out and give each other strength. It’s a lovely and timely song, and all the more inclusive now.
The new “We Are Warriors” music video is simple but effective and poignant. It shows numerous people working on the frontlines, wearing masks for protection, but staying strong and hopeful. In between those images and videos, we also see Avril singing the lyrics from her own backyard. It’s a great video that captures the times we’re in and the strength we have to get through this.
Watch the music video for “We Are Warriors” below:
You can stream or download “We Are Warriors” from all the major music providers here. Remember, all the net proceeds of this song will be donated to Project HOPE. You can also get involved and donate by heading over to charitystars.com/Warriors.
In a statement about “We Are Warriors,” Avril announced:
I re-recorded Warrior to reflect our current world and all the amazing heroic things you’re all doing. To all the hospital workers, postal service people, grocery store workers, police and firemen, every single one of you who has had their world shaken. This is for you.
In addition, I’m going to be donating the net proceeds of this song to Project HOPE, an incredible organization that is on the front lines keeping doctors and medical staff safe all over the world.
If you want to revisit the original recording of “Warrior,” check it out on Head Above Water here.
Head Above Water
In February 2019, more than five years after releasing her eponymous fifth album, Avril Lavigne made her music comeback with Head Above Water. Many of the songs, including the lead single and title track, detail her battle with Lyme Disease. But it’s not all about her health battle; singles like “Tell Me It’s Over” describe relationship woes, whereas “Dumb Blonde” offers an unexpected feminist anthem. Its latest single, “I Fell In Love With The Devil,” is a stunning track with aspects comparable to Lana Del Rey.
Avril had stated that “It Was In Me” would be the next single. With a sound and message harkening back to Avril’s early ballad, “I’m With You,” it sounded like a great choice for the final single. However, it has been nearly a year since we heard any updates on the single getting sent to radio or having a music video. What a shame.
Avril toured the US in support of Head Above Water last fall. She had Asian and European tours scheduled for this spring, but alas, Coronavirus derailed the tour. Dates are expected to be rescheduled for later this year or 2021.
Avril has recently revealed that she’s been writing a lot of new songs during her self-isolation. While there’s no timeframe for when we’ll get to hear new music, it’s great to know that she’s feeling inspired and writing new material.
Beyond music, Avril has also stated that she plans to write a cookbook. Avril has talked about her love of cooking for years – at least as far back as Under My Skin in 2004 – and has been sharing Instagram stories from her kitchen lately. We’d be happy to get a new kind of creative project from Avril, and a cookbook sounds great!
Enjoy the all new version of “Warrior” – now “We Are Warriors” – and its inspiring music video. As always, keep checking back here for all the latest Avril Lavigne music news.