Vicky Cornell, the widow of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, has shared a previously unreleased version of “Only These Words” in honor of daughter Toni Cornell‘s 16th birthday.
Vicky posted the song on Chris Cornell’s official Instagram account along with a picture of the late singer smiling and hugging Toni.
“Your dad would be so proud of the smart, strong, beautiful, and confident woman you are growing up to be,” Vicky wrote in the caption. “You are so very loved, and you give so much love, freely and unconditionally. Your first sentence was “I love you” to your baby brother when you first met him.”
“As your dad so perfectly sang and what it’s always all about – ‘Only these three words repeating…I love you…’ Continue to do great things, my sweet girl,” she added. “He is always with you! And to celebrate you with everyone- I’m sharing part of daddy’s original version of ‘Only These Words’ Happy 16th Birthday, Toni!”
“Only These Words” originally appeared on Cornell’s fourth and final solo album Higher Truth.
In August, Toni covered Pearl Jam‘s smash hit “Black” for the Lollapalooza livestream Lolla2020 and dedicated the performance to her father, who died in 2017.
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