Let’s start with her first album, 2002’s Let Go shall we?
Losing Grip: Avril co-wrote this song along side Cliff Magness about the betrayal she felt from an ex-boyfriend. The track show’s the more angsty Avril with a hard rock twist as she sings “why should I care? ‘Cause you weren’t there when I was scared. I was so alone.” Avril has stated in the past that this was her favorite song off of Let Go.
Complicated: Who could forget this pop hit from 2002? Avril co-wrote this song along side The Matrix. Avril stated this song was about guys and how they treat you differently when they’re around their friends. Avril also stated it’s about people being fake and how life can get complicated as she sings, “Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated? I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else gets me frustrated. Life’s life this.”
Sk8er Boi: This track totally trade-marked Avril’s sound and style. It showed a more upbeat poppy side (similar to “Girlfriend”). Avril wrote this song in a story style of how you should like someone for who they are versus how they’re judged. The track was written by Avril and The Matrix.
I’m With You: This was the first ballad released by Avril during the Let Go era. It was written by Avril and The Matrix. Avril stated she wrote this song when she was feeling really down and lonely with the words, “It’s a damn cold night, trying to figure out this life.” (Hands down my favorite song of all time!)
Mobile: This acoustic pop/rock track was written by Avril and C. Magness. Avril wrote about how everything around her was changing. How she had to be from one place to the next and how the fame world was a bit bizzare. “Everything’s changing when I turn around all out of my control I’m a mobile,” she sings referring to herself as a babies crib mobile. “Hanging from the ceiling, life’s a mobile. Spinning ‘round with mixed feelings crazy and wild. Sometimes I wanna scream out loud.” These words show a mixed up teenager dealing with life.
Unwanted: Avril co-wrote this track with C. Magness about her experience with her ex-boyfriends parents. When she dated this individual his parents didn’t accept her for who she was. They thought she was different. And though Avril tried her best to be kind and respectful, they didn’t care. She sings, “I had a smile on my face and I sat up straight. I wanted to know you, I wanted to show you.” This track showed the more harder rocking Avril.
Tomorrow: Avril co-wrote this track with Curtis Frasca and Sabelle Breer. The track shows a more mellow, depressive Avril as she expresses of feeling down. “I don’t know how I’ll feel tomorrow. I don’t know what to say. Tomorrow is a different day.” This track easily shows a normal teenager dealing with the normal teenager feelings.
Anything But Ordinary: Avril co-wrote this track along side The Matrix. The title of this track was the original title of the album, but Avril asked to rename it to Let Go because she was letting go of her feelings and she wanted everyone else to do the same. The track easily define Avril as she sings, “I’d rather be anything but ordinary please.”
Things I’ll Never Say: Avril also co-wrote this track along side The Matrix. When the track was finalized Avril was unhappy with the poppy sound and asked for it to have a more acoustic vibe which you hear today. Avril wrote it about really liking a guy but figured she’d never get the chance to say what was truly on her mind.
My World: Avril co-wrote this track with C. Magness about growing up in her hometown of Napanee, Canada as she sings “Never wore a cover-up, always beat the boys up. Grew up in a five thousand population town. Made my money by cutting grass. Got fired by a fried chicken ass all in a small town, Napanee.”
Nobody’s Fool: Avril co-wrote this track with Peter Zizzo about not being molded into anything people want her to be. It was a great teenage powerment anthem. “Just trying to figure out exactly what I’m about if it’s with or without you I don’t need your doubt in me,” adding, “I might have fallen for that when I was 14 and a little more green but it’s amazing what a couple of years can mean.”
Too Much To Ask: Avril co-wrote this track with C. Magness. about the anger towards an ex-boyfriend who simply chose weed over her. “It’s the first time I’ve ever felt this lonely, wish someone would cure this pain. It’s funny when you think it’s gonna work out till you chose weed over me you’re so lame.”
Naked: This song was written about feeling in love and trusting someone and how you’ve never felt like that before. “Cause I’ve never felt like this before. I’m naked around you, does it show? You see right through me and I can’t hide. I’m naked around you and it feels so right,” she sings.
Stay tuned for the Under My Skin edition!