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On one of those nights partying with Moody, Avril got her first tattoo, a star on the inside of her left wrist. Moody also got tagged that night — with the same star, in the same spot.

  Avril shows off her tattoo
It's not all ink and drink with Moody, however. When they're not partying or writing songs, Avril just might be helping him pick out a mattress or a washer/dryer combo, having done it herself recently for her own new house.

"I just got this place and it's cool," she says of her new digs. "It's good to be on my own. It's good to be downstairs doing laundry and being like, 'Wow, I'm so normal right now.' Doing normal things. I love to cook, and I love to clean. I'm very independent when it comes to stuff like that."

Even prior to buying the new place, Avril hadn't seen much of her hometown of Napanee, Ontario. Rather than go home to visit her mother, Avril's mom has flown out to meet her on tour a few times over the last two years, and Avril only keeps in touch with a couple of friends from high school, one of whom was jetted to Los Angeles for a visit while Under My Skin was being recorded.

Her only other link to the town with a population of 15,000, strangely enough, is the proprietor of Lil' Pizzeria. After dropping the shop's name in interviews, the place Avril describes as having "the best pizza — oh my God!" has become a landmark tourist attraction for her fans making the pilgrimage to Napanee. Posters of Avril adorn the walls of the shop, and fans can write messages to their idol in a book, which, when full, is periodically shipped to her. She doesn't have any plans to return there, even though she has been promised free pizza for life.

  "He Wasn't"
  "My Happy Ending"
  "Sk8er Boi"
  "Don't Tell Me"
  "Take Me Away"
  "Complicated"
  "Nobody's Home"
When Avril and Taubenfeld finally appear onstage at the Mall of America, acoustic guitars in hand, pandemonium erupts. "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" expectedly generate the loudest applause, with the five new songs she plays delighting the performers more than the audience. Extra effort is given to the harmonies, and the strumming couple knowingly look into each other's eyes as they nail them. While she gladly hands the lyrical reigns over to the crowd during her hits, Avril renders lines from her new tunes with passion and purpose.

Avril closes the brief, acoustic set with "Nobody's Home," a tune co-written by Moody. It's one of the few songs on the new album concerned with someone else's problems, namely a young woman lost in the world and wanting to return to the safety and comfort of the way things used to be. Unfortunately for that girl, returning to yesterday is impossible.

"She wants to go home, and nobody's home ..." Avril sings. "There's no place to go, no place to go dry her eyes/ Broken inside."

One might assume there's at least a shred of herself in the song's protagonist, but Avril is quick to reject that notion.

"At this point in my life, everything's great," she says. "I have amazing friends. I work with amazing people. I get to make records and release them."

Ever the shy teen when talking about herself, Avril began her answer with her head down, fidgeting with her fingers. But as she takes stock of her life, bashfulness gives way to self-satisfaction, and she lifts her chin and brushes the hair from her face.

"It really doesn't get any better," she says.




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 "Don't Tell Me"
Live From MTV.com
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 "My Happy Ending"
Live From MTV.com
(Arista)


 "He Wasn't"
Live From MTV.com
(Arista)


 "Don't Tell Me" (live)
The Mall of America
Minneapolis, Minnesota
03.04.2004
(Arista)



 "Sk8er Boi" (live)
The Mall of America
Minneapolis, Minnesota
03.04.2004
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 "I'm With You"
Let Go
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 "Losing Grip"
Let Go
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 "Anything But Ordinary"
Let Go
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 "Complicated"
Let Go
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